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How to block lowend ads and Google spying on your activity

pubcrawlerpubcrawler Banned
edited March 2013 in Tutorials

For folks not running adblock software already or running on limited resources where such software might consume too many resources, there is this. This will work on all major OSes.

Why block these ads and spy monitors? Deprives the site (and others) from making money by selling ads based on your usage and contributions. It prevents Google from knowing directly every page you view, every comment you are about to submit, etc.

In Linux:
nano /etc/hosts

Add these to the hosts file:
127.0.0.1 buysellads.com
127.0.0.1 s3.buysellads.com
127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1 www.google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1 ssl.google-analytics.com

For WIndows users, the hosts file:
c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Buysellads is the outsourced broker of ads for Lowend. Google Analytics is site-wide spy on everything reporting software.

Comments

  • pubcrawlerpubcrawler Banned
    edited March 2013
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  • nikcnikc Member

    .!.

  • bnmklbnmkl Member

    !.!

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  • http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/ and Adblock Plus...

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
    https://raymii.org - https://cipherli.st
  • MrAndroidMrAndroid Member
    edited March 2013

    @pubcrawler said: In *NIX Systems

    nano /etc/hosts

    The Original Daniel.

  • MunMun Member without signature

    In windows same thing but the file is C:\windows\System32\Drivers\ETC\Host(s)

  • yomeroyomero Member
    edited March 2013
  • nice list !!!

    thank you

  • Also be sure to get a tin foil hat, Google has satellites, don't you know.

  • NoScript ftw

  • But now I can't see cvps or urpad ads on LET.

  • time4vpstime4vps Member, Provider

    Why block, enjoy them <^_^>

    Time4VPS - time for your personal server

  • What is the point of this thread? :|

    Shane Elmore | Programmer In Progress

  • Not reading or comprehending, which is it @Shane_Elmore?

  • bnmklbnmkl Member

    The advice by @pubcrawler is great.

    127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
    127.0.0.1 www.google-analytics.com
    127.0.0.1 ssl.google-analytics.com

    Google Analytics is site-wide spy on everything.

    Plus it has no use for the user but is generally one of the likely culprits for making a clean page load slowly.

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  • @nutjob said: Also be sure to get a tin foil hat, Google has satellites, don't you know.

    http://www.maxshosting.com/
    Unofficial community troll. AMA!

  • bnmklbnmkl Member
    edited March 2013

    Haha.

    I guess my Google phone is part of their new mapping of road traffic too.

    It was inevitable.

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  • NightNight Member

    Why not just use this: https://disconnect.me

  • CoreyCorey Member, Provider

    Why would you block google analytics data? Those are for site owners to get insight for their pages.

    BitAccel - OpenVZ VPS / IRC,VPN,Anything Legal & Unrivaled Support!
  • nutjobnutjob Member
    edited March 2013

    @pubcrawler said: Not reading or comprehending, which is it

    I think he reads and comprehends fine, and thus the question. Google is no more spying on your activity than your ISP is, or any number of networks you traverse each day. It's an idiotic concept. But I guess if you're paranoid or stupid, this thread might have an appeal.

  • natestammnatestamm Member
    edited March 2013

    @Corey i would normally agree But in the past few years I've seen sites with a some what excessive amount of tracking... And improperly configured metrics can and will kill your page load times. It can be a little unfair to people browsing and paying for the Net if you've ever caught that

    @Cirium nice!

  • RalliasRallias Member, Provider

    @nutjob said: Also be sure to get a tin foil hat, Google has satellites, don't you know.

    Also use infrared LED's in your head so no camera can adequately get a picture of you.

  • CoreyCorey Member, Provider

    @natestamm said: @Corey i would normally agree But in the past few years I've seen sites with a some what excessive amount of tracking... And improperly configured metrics can and will kill your page load times. It can be a little unfair to people browsing and paying for the Net if you've ever caught that

    Those webmasters need to go back to school. They will loose visitors due to the page load times.... page load times aren't the responsibility of the client.

    BitAccel - OpenVZ VPS / IRC,VPN,Anything Legal & Unrivaled Support!
  • Google is no more spying on your activity than your ISP is, or any number of networks you traverse each day. It's an idiotic concept. But I guess if you're paranoid or stupid, this thread might have an appeal.

    Google is spying nearly more than any company. To claim otherwise is lying.

    The only company that may have more information on you is your ISP. But even that, today is disputable. Plus, I have to ask who your ISP is and does their business model exist for that business model. Google's business model is entirely about all knowing data slurping monitoring.

    Google's crap is infesting nearly every website. How many lazy/stupid/whatever website owners are using Google Analytics? Google's Ads? Javascript included functions served from Google? YouTube embeds? I mean it's nearly impossible to find any site that isn't slamming the user multiple times per page into Google.

  • raindog308raindog308 Administrator, Moderator

    @natestamm said: And improperly configured metrics can and will kill your page load times.

    GA loads asynchronously.

    For LET support, please visit the support desk.

  • I wonder with all these spy/ad/tracking/JS inclusions how much bandwidth is being eaten up unnecessarily in high cost environments like on 3G/4G/cellular plans? Another reason to block em'.

  • LET/LEB Earn money from BSA so don't block buysellads but you can block google.. lol..

    Dewlance
  • CoreyCorey Member, Provider

    @pubcrawler said: Google is no more spying on your activity than your ISP is, or any number of networks you traverse each day. It's an idiotic concept. But I guess if you're paranoid or stupid, this thread might have an appeal.

    Google is spying nearly more than any company. To claim otherwise is lying.

    The only company that may have more information on you is your ISP. But even that, today is disputable. Plus, I have to ask who your ISP is and does their business model exist for that business model. Google's business model is entirely about all knowing data slurping monitoring.

    Google's crap is infesting nearly every website. How many lazy/stupid/whatever website owners are using Google Analytics? Google's Ads? Javascript included functions served from Google? YouTube embeds? I mean it's nearly impossible to find any site that isn't slamming the user multiple times per page into Google.

    Yes, because every lazy stupid webmaster should be writing their own fully fledged visitor tracking system.

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  • ^ Corey... At least they should be doing something. Visitor tracking systems aren't rocket science and plenty of free/open source/low cost solutions out there.

    Google has become to me, what all the page glitter apps, midi files, etc. embedded in MySpace and predecessor papges were in the past. Just piles of useless filler that churn the CPU, cause browser oddness and siphon now often expensive mobile bandwidth.

  • CoreyCorey Member, Provider
    edited March 2013

    @pubcrawler said: ^ Corey... At least they should be doing something. Visitor tracking systems aren't rocket science and plenty of free/open source/low cost solutions out there.

    Google has become to me, what all the page glitter apps, midi files, etc. embedded in MySpace and predecessor papges were in the past. Just piles of useless filler that churn the CPU, cause browser oddness and siphon now often expensive mobile bandwidth.

    Right, google analytics is one of those free low cost solutions.... that integrates with the google SERPS that have over 60% market share. No brainer for an internet marketer.

    If you are browsing the web so much that 18KB on a page load is affecting your bandwidth usage so much.... you might be a redneck :)

    BitAccel - OpenVZ VPS / IRC,VPN,Anything Legal & Unrivaled Support!
  • you are browsing the web so much that 18KB on a page load is affecting your bandwidth usage so much.... you might be a redneck :)

    Depends. It's 18KB here, whatever over there... The DNS lookups... Everything is slow and eats at the expensive caps. Considering how many newbs are nearly cellular-only, it matters.

    Redneck, ahh yeah, hee haw. Pass me some of the apple 'shine.

  • Well, I like his idea, clean and effective, can be useful some situation where you are really low on bandwidth..
    I remember a remote area where I had only access to internet through cellular line (only GPRS and that too on Ist floor) .. !

  • ^ GOOD EXAMPLE.

    Applies all over though. Imagine the collective amplified effect. How about a university with 10K students on the network... How much is getting chewed up on idle computers doing whatever with javascript in the background, page refreshes, etc. Surely serving up logging, tracking and ads too.

    Blocks like these should be absolutely common and more folks blocking further upstream from the end user. But with some of the services, will cause breakage of other offerings. Ahh Google doing this more and using one domain for slew of services underneath. Doing that with javascript to get around ad blockers underneath.

  • CoreyCorey Member, Provider

    @pubcrawler said: ^ GOOD EXAMPLE.

    Applies all over though. Imagine the collective amplified effect. How about a university with 10K students on the network... How much is getting chewed up on idle computers doing whatever with javascript in the background, page refreshes, etc. Surely serving up logging, tracking and ads too.

    Blocks like these should be absolutely common and more folks blocking further upstream from the end user. But with some of the services, will cause breakage of other offerings. Ahh Google doing this more and using one domain for slew of services underneath. Doing that with javascript to get around ad blockers underneath.

    When I move and don't have internet (like right now) I connect with my cellular device...... but the big bandwidth eating portion is me watching hulu or listening to music.... I then order more bandwidth when I hit my cap...

    BitAccel - OpenVZ VPS / IRC,VPN,Anything Legal & Unrivaled Support!
  • @Corey, ouchie. How much are you BW increments and what are they giving you? Seems intolerable the cellular plans these days... Wrong direction on pricing.

  • LeoLeo Member

    I use Ghostery to block all kind of embedded trackers and tracking cookies. It has a impressive list of trackers that it block.

    And then a dash of NoScript to keep the rest of the javascripts away.

  • @Corey said: Those webmasters need to go back to school

    Agreed. I would never put it public But..big name sites. And web masters that seem to like to just watch the clock.

  • KeithKeith Member

    Trying this out, I've changed 127.0.0.1 to 127.0.0.10 which doesn't exist.
    Should stop the load on the nginx server also running on the computer.

  • @Keith said: load on the nginx server

    If that isn't production, Is it development? Local? Tell me you haven't coded or hosted with live metrics in a Dev or Staging environment :x ..

  • KeithKeith Member

    @natestamm Local nginx server on my desktop.

  • @Leo, +1 for Ghostery... and Opera... and NoScript.. unsure what browser development is limited to these days.

  • netomxnetomx Member, Moderator

    @Cirium said: You'll never see an ad on a page again.

    thx!

  • @raindog308 said: @natestamm said: And improperly configured

    :P

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