943 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2007 12:18 AM by crushingglory
I use Saft, and am happy with it's Ad blocking, it also does a better job of handling tabs and bookmarks than Safari - and yes! it works for Intel Macs -
You can try out the demo for free here - http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/index.html
If I may add to your other 2 excellent replies, there is also the ability to Block Ads with a CSS.
A possible preference, for those not interested in utilizing Safari enhancing apps.. either way, enjoy your Mac!!
This solution may be too "techno-geeky" for some people, but what can I say? I'm a geek.
Edit the file /private/etc/hosts
It should have a line that looks like this:
Duplicate that line, and on the duplicate, change localhost to the name of some ad server. Do this for every ad server you don't like. By default, the hosts file is read-only, so to edit it, you must either change its permissions or become root.
Every time you see an ad, look in Safari's Activity window to see where it's coming from, and add it to the list. Once you have about 50 servers in your list, that will eliminate about 60% of ads. I'd say that's pretty good, considering this is free. And any time you see an ad, just add it to the list, and you'll never be bothered by that server again.
Some good servers to block are:
Just those 2 alone probably account for 5 or 10 percent of all online ads.
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