Ivor O’Connor

May 25, 2009

A Better Internet Experience

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 8:55 pm

The article http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/0515/block-advertisements-in-any-browser-via-etchosts/ describes a list of spam sites in the form of an /etc/hosts file. The file contains more than 16K spammers and bandwidth parasites. For example Google analytics gets no love. Or West Side Story.

Anyways they suggested doing the following:

  1. sudo mv /etc/hosts /etc/hosts.orig
  2. sudo wget -c http://zelut.org/projects/misc/hosts -O /etc/hosts

However that did not work for multiple reasons. Instead do:

  1. sudo cp /etc/hosts /etc/hosts.orig
  2. sudo wget -c http://zelut.org/projects/misc/hosts -O /etc/hosts.zelut.org
  3. cat /etc/hosts /etc/hosts.zelut.org >> /tmp/hosts
  4. sudo mv /tmp/hosts /etc/hosts

I’m thinking perhaps the first part of any new computer setup should include the downloading of this list. Imagine all the viruses that could have been avoided. Imagine blocking out all the computer gaming sites kids love to play on! And the basketball, football, and baseball sites.

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