Linux equivalent of Windows Hosts file

Posted on 2004-04-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
In, baldrick provided a nifty way to kill 98% of the ads and pop-ups you get online by remapping a long list of ad servers to in your Hosts file in Windows.

Is there a comparable file in Linux?


-- b.r.t. (penguinista in training)
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 50 total points
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Yes: /etc/hosts - this is actually where Windows got the idea of a hosts file :-)
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Hi BarryTice,


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sorry khkremer ... didn't mean to dup you post ...

BarryTice, pls ignore my post

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Thanks, both. That's just what I needed.

-- b.r.t.

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Or use firefox ( with the "adblock" extension ... I'm finding this to be excellent. Not sure about the performance hits of either method. Keeping /etc/hosts up to date was always a hassle for me though.

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