Adblock Filters: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/firefox/code/adblock.txt
From the Adblock extensions options, I have the following blocked that relate to altavista.com and babelfish.altavista.com
*altfarm* *yimg.com/a/* http://us.a1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/a/* http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mc/mc.jsI am in fact filtering out (because it appears in italics in Adblock)
The following block Geocities screen grabbing IFRAME
*geocities.com/js_source/* *yimg.com/a/*Geocities will cease to provide free sites after Oct 26, 2009. Some notes on converting to a free site provided by bravehost.com can be found here for now.
The following pertain to blocking things in Google is more to give an idea of how the adblocking works. Many more things pertaining to Google AdSense and Google Analytics are probably blocked by other items in my adblock blockers list or if installing Adblock or Adblock Plus extension you would probably install a filter set and all of the following would probably be included, if not you certainly want to add those that would interfere with your own usage at websites. You might also check out Prevent Google Analytics from tracking your visit at Digital Inspiration Technology Guide and Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File [http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm]
*/includes/google-adsense-content.html?client=* *ad2.googlesyndication* *googleadservices* *adservices.google.com* http://*.googlesyndication.com/* http://assets.lockergnome.com/ad_images/* http://google.wikia.com/skins3/common/images/poweredby_mediawiki_88x31.png http://groups.google.com/groups/adfetch* http://pagead*.googlesyndication*.js http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/* http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js http://www.google-analytics.com/* http://www.google.com/ac.js http://www.google.com/images/gds1.gif http://www.google.com/images/promo* http://www.google.com/images/promo_left.gif http://www.google.com/images/promo_right.gif
I have a page specifically on Outlook Express elsewhere, but just wanted to mention that when looking at somewhat dubious email to disconnect from the internet so that you don't download when looking. When you are specically distrustful -- do not open the email at all, but look at it by right-click on the email and look at the message source through it's properties.
REM == HOSTSX.BAT use of period after filename can avoid attempt to create REM == a new file as text. No period needed to edit an existing file notepad C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hostsI try to just use hosts file for dangerous sites, blatant spammer sites, but since I am no longer on dial-up I am now also including the entries from winhelp2002, which gives me over 250 variations of doubleclick, and all that you would need in Adblock would be:
In 2003 when I had 128MB RAM on Win2000 with dial-up a 488KB hosts file killed system. One year later it was 23KB, but now that I have 512MB RAM and am not on dialup in 2007 have added the hosts file additions to my own and the total size is now 560KB.
Disabling any extension can be accomplished from Tools, add-ons, extensions, where you can Disable or Uninstall an extension after clicking on the extension, also you can set some options there as well for many extension. Some extensions allow you to change options in other places as well such as Adblock (Plus), Web Developer, Menu editor.
With the Adblock extensions it's a matter of changing items that are blocked to suit your needs. If you only have trouble with one site. It's no big deal to temporarily disable Adblock (or the other one) if you trust the site will not do damage. If you don't trust the site, I wouldn't rely on Adblock to protect you.
The "Adblock" extension, is one that I do add my own stuff to and very seldom update with a filter set once I started, but add my own entries. Easy to turn on/off from the Status bar. (Those using "Adblock Plus" instead turn on/off from the Tools bar. ) With Adblock you can see which files are blocked by change in font, and you can click on it to see the rule that is blocking the file (you can't do that with the style or the hosts file).
The "hosts" file has no extension contains my additions at the top and has the comments and material unchanged below that from http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm This is the one that protects you no matter what profile or browser you use. I very seldom update the portion from the website, but add to my entries at the top when someone says that a particular site is very dangerous (viruses) -- I make sure it is blocked, and put it in Adblock as well.
My original default profile and the main profiles I've used since based on it have the material from http://www.floppymoose.com/ which I don't bother updating at all anymore, it is there and it works very well doesn't get turned off. It is what the other ad blockers and filter sets in Firefox were based on.
Hosts File -- first level of protection always on applies to system;
Floppy Moose -- 2nd level but not included in test profiles;
Adblock -- extension, 3rd level in most profiles used regularly;
Stylish exension and FiltersetP style, 4th level in profiles used regularly
If I want to see more in a webpage that might be blocked by ads I will turn off either Adblock or Filterset P style to see what the file that is and shouldn't be, or is not filtered and should be. Normally both are in use .
Those that use "Adblock Plus" have to also install additional extensions such as "FlashBlock" , and have more problems in itself or with the additional extensions needed.
Disabling Adblock at the status bar and using F5 (Reload) will let you now if the problem with a site is with Adblock. Left click on the Adblock icon on the system status bar -- anything in red is blocked and you can see which filter blocked it by clicking on the items and looking at the grayed out "New Filter" input area. To change/delete filter right click Adblock status bar icon and choose preferences. The Adblock icon gets red font when an item is blocked.
Adblock plus is similar but instead of being on the Firefox statusbar it is in Tools, and to see which filter blocked you mouseover on a red blocked item.
/* disable ad iframes */ /* IFRAME[SRC*="ad."], -- taken out for GMail */
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