This is a by product of a hosts file. A good thing because a lot of the times the ads, if visible, contain fly-by spyware, unwanted/unnecessary pop ups, attempted browser hi-jacking, installation of tracking cookies, etc...which end up compromising the security of your computer. Web pages load somewhat faster as well becuase more images to load = longer load times. They are pretty useless anyways. For more detailed reading see here:
>>> Blocking Unwanted Parasites With A Hosts File
>>> The Hosts File & What It Can Do For You
At the 1st link are included links to Hosts file editors such as Hostman. I would recommend installing one; they are easy to use & help keep your hosts files up to date. Make sure when you do update them to choose the option to overwrite
with current Hosts, to avoid unnecessary duplicate entries.
but now I can't read salon.com anymore...bummer
I'm with you on that one, but when I once viewed Salon without the Hosts file enabled, the ads that popped up caused my browser to crash. Not a good sign. Hopefully, one day, that will change.
Edited by hillbillygreek, 27 April 2007 - 02:34 PM.