Updated September 2001
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[Hodie mihi, cras tibi]
[The Lore of the hosts scroll]
[Routing bad-addresses away]
Advertisement is slowly pervading every aspect of our lives. We live bombarded
with images and sounds whose only purpose is to make us react, like Pavlov's dogs or zombies,
in order to consume. We not only HAVE TO buy totally useless products: we have been
transformed in products ourselves.
Our enemies are now installing ads in
the railway tunnels... you will have a stroboscopic effect while passing by. They are going to
project ads on clouds and onto the evening sky. They have already transformed our whole life,
for profit, in an inferno of unsolecited continuous consumistic pushes. Already now you cannot
(and definitely in the future you will not) read, sleep, love, think or move around
without being bombarded by ads, all
intended to deceive you in order to push you to consume something, to buy something, to waste
your life for "their" profit.
Why should I be compelled to watch advertisements when I drive, walk, read?
And, pray, why should my kids
be compelled to watch advertisements whatever they wish to make? Advertisement in the schools?
Advertisement on the clouds? Wofür?
I dislike this, therefore I'm going to do what
little I can to change
this situation and damage those that damage me and the people I love.
So I am going to retaliate. A vain enterprise? Maybe, yet as you will see I'm not
without weapons against this "zillions of money" worth industry:
I'm a reverser, I reverse "Quod tegitur, magnum creditur esse malum", n'est ce pas? so the first task is
simply to SHOW things that happen :-)
Since we are using the web for our search purposes,
and since we are annoyed by any 'compulsory advertisement', this section
of my site will begin dealing mainly with the methods that we can use
to get rid of those useless ads we meet when searching.
As you'll see there are many possible options,
and some of them -incredible but true- do actually seem to work, eheh.
|Visit the remobann section!
how high will Bilibin's Babayaga fly!
Forwards to remobann.htm
Please bear with me, this is just a first attempt. This section is still a little
messy, due to the recent porting to searchlores. You may help me to clean and update what
Note also that
many good essays in the [reality
cracking] lab have QUITE A LOT of interesting anti-advertisement techniques and info inside.
Read them, starting from +ORC's world-famous [Supermarket enslaving tricks] , and
have a look at some interesting anti-advertisement tools in [Adding the Blemish of Truth : How to Alter a Billboard]
|The lore of the HOSTS scrolls|
Windoze allows an effective way of filtering
unwanted connections using the hosts file (this file sits in c:\windows and
is called simply hosts, with no extension. You can have a look and modify
it using any texteditor)..
The hosts file is your 'personal DNS server': before accessing
any remote computer through a name to address lookup, windows
checks the hosts
file to see if the name has been defined as an address ALREADY in hosts (note that this is meant to
speed up the web connections you use more often: indeed if you know for sure that a site will always have the same
IP, you can add it yourself to the hosts file and avoid the connection to the DNS server).
Through use of the hosts
file we can list the names of all servers we don't wish to contact by letting the
server name match a different address.
Typically the address used would be the 'bounce-back' localhost address 127.0.0.1.
Note that you may try 0.0.0.0. as well, and get speedier elimination
results than with 127.0.0.1. Should it fail, just use 127.0.0.1. as elimination address.
Hosts scrolls (lists of
abound on the web, but not all of them are really useful. The most useful and
powerful hosts scrolls are considered very precious items by seekers.
|Various small essays about hosts redirection|
A whole section with some fundamental essays
- elf's [HOSTS list]
[hosts_11.txt]: XXXX's HOSTS file (September 2000)
NME's [sblock list] (comment removed)
Search Engine pitfalls and how to strike back
(Using our knowledge and the depth of the web to fight our commercial enemies),
by Zarathustra, written in february 2001.
The magic pouch
With our black firewall shields
with our glistening browsers swords
with our magic pouch
full of tricks to cast
beware us webmasters
out of our way, advertisers
bow down in worship very low
bow down before our singing hosts
and in our holy presence be lostAncient seekers' rhyme (+fravia's own collection)
|Routing to dev/nul direct IP annoyances|
The hosts trick above will -alas- not work if the
advertisement spammers use a direct address connection: in these cases, logically,
the hosts file is
not checked: there is no name to resolve into an address. In these cases you should
allow IP routing (on Win 9x: run winipcfg.exe ~ Choose
More ~ and check the relevant box). If you don't see the box,
check if you have
the EnableRouting key
inside the register at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\MSTCP. If the
key isn't there, create it and give it a TRUE value (i.e. value 1). Now
Close regedit.exe and run winipcfg.exe: IP
Routing should be enabled. Now you may create a local routing table (analoguous to the hosts list, but for
numeric IPs) and
use route.exe in order to block direct IP connections with your operating
system adding IP addresses to the routing table at leasure. The pertinent
DOS command will be:
route add XX.XX.XX.XX YY.YY.YY.YY where XX.XX.XX.XX is the IP of the offender you don't want to
connect any more and
YY.YY.YY.YY is your actual IP address...
You'll find a detailed tutorial on routing at Bruce's place.
A whole undisturbed week repairing your
22-28 April 2001
: a whole sound [week]
without idiotic TV (with an anti-TV rant I wrote myself)
Antiadvertisement essays & snippets
starting points for your own work
...Don't forget to check the [removing banners]
section as well
...Also [MALWARES] (Software that hiddendly corrupts, checks or modifies your data) can be
of some relevance for
On this specific lab we will begin with some WORKING methods to fight advertisement, among other things
some approaches to "cure" the bannerclicking inferno
the bastards advertisers have prepared for us on the Internet. I'm glad to present here the following
THE AUREATE ESSAYS
ANTI ADVERTISEMENT ESSAYS
Steve Gibson's [Aureate discussion]
download [here] his 'opt out' utility against spyware.
(Steve is a good guy and a fine assembler programmer -his "spyware removal tool" has been written in assembly and weights
only 31 kbytes - but he does not like Blackice (a wonderful personal firewall) and
seems to have been scared by the Aureate info-thiefs' lawyers to
the point to state, now, that
he likes 'the idea of advertising-supported software' :-(
Read [Shareware Going Ad-ware] by
Kept_Anonymous about Aureate, written in June 1999
The aureate scam...
and how to scam aureate, by fravia+
part of the
Down in the Gehenna of Internet ads connections
(Have you ever wondered...),
by Angela Zaharia, part of the [Anti Advertisement] section.
Reversing webferret's advertisement banners, by fravia+
part of the
The Art & Science of Billboard Improvement (a comprehensive guide to the alteration of outdoor advertising)
by R.O. Thornhill and Blank DeCoverly, part of the [reality cracking],
and of the anti advertisemente sections.
- Copernic pro 2001 reversing "If Unregistered then ads"
[tse_2001.htm] ~ November 2000
- Copernic 4.5 reversing "If Unregistered then ads"
[tsehp45.htm] ~ November 2000
- Copernic 4.1 reversing
"If Unregistered then ads"
[tsecoper.htm] ~ November 2000
- Removing banners and pop up's
[remocra1.htm] ~ November 2000
- The Ongoing Proactive fight for your box
- Further observations on advert.dll
by Green Newbie
[fuobgr_1.htm] ~ March 2000
- Copernic 4.1 reversing "If Unregistered then ads"
[tsecoper.htm] ~ February 2000
- How to reverse a "free" service (firstname.lastname@example.org)
[perl_es1.htm] ~ July 1999
- How to find and eliminate our communication with the machines that are targeting us with
[sha2adv.htm] ~ June 1999
- How to remove advertisement banners
by various Authors
[remobann.htm] ~ July 1999
Hodie mihi, cras tibi
I'm sure many readers will understand how important all this could be. But your own help is needed. Send
your observations, contributions, essays, tricks. Insiders' information would be particularly welcome: I know
for instance that every year there are some 'impossible task in advertisement' awards, for the
best ad-campaigns that had success in selling an 'impossible' product, because so awful, useless,
dangerous or whatever that even zombies refused to buy it (before the ad brainwashing that
won the price, that is :-(
One of the prices, some years ago, was awarded to
the criminals that
prepared an advertisement campaign
in order to sell the 'Yucca' cheese,
(made by Kraft), a cheese made with 'spare parts' so disgusting
that noone in his right mind could ever want to buy it. Well, they won the award, people
begun eating more of that stuff...
I imagine that after the
[BSE-crisis] they'll have started
mobilizing nice advertisers who are -I'm sure- already
working hard in order to convince people to accept to eat their poisoned meats...
Your help is needed! Use your reversing eyes, knowledge and wits!
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