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Poppapete

Ads never used to bother me but they seem to be all intrusive and very "alive" these days. Interested to know how others are tackling this problem or even if it is seen as a problem.  I know someone has to pay for many of our favourite sites BUT!

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Poppapete

Sophos UTM handles a lot of it as well.

Be interested to know what settings you use in Sophos to reduce ads.  I have done some research and am worried I may block too much.

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Drashna Jaelre

Be interested to know what settings you use in Sophos to reduce ads.  I have done some research and am worried I may block too much.

The web filter.

 

I'ts not as advanced as stuff like adblock, but you can block domains and sub domains. 

 

The Astaro forums have a couple of good links.

Here is a list for blocking ads via the web filter:

https://www.astaro.org/gateway-products/web-protection-web-filtering-application-visibility-control/51150-speeding-up-webbrowsing-blocking-advertisers-trackers.html

You may want to delete some domains (like disqus.com if you post on blogs a lot)

 

Here is a master list of excerpts for the web filter (as it may break functionality for some services, like netflix)

https://www.astaro.org/gateway-products/web-protection-web-filtering-application-visibility-control/37541-master-list-web-exceptions.html

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Poppapete

The web filter.

 

The Astaro forums have a couple of good links.

Here is a list for blocking ads via the web filter:

https://www.astaro.org/gateway-products/web-protection-web-filtering-application-visibility-control/51150-speeding-up-webbrowsing-blocking-advertisers-trackers.html

You may want to delete some domains (like disqus.com if you post on blogs a lot)

 

Here is a master list of excerpts for the web filter (as it may break functionality for some services, like netflix)

https://www.astaro.org/gateway-products/web-protection-web-filtering-application-visibility-control/37541-master-list-web-exceptions.html

Yes, that's the post that scared me. The easy part is already initiated on my sophos, I think by default. It's the 3rd step that worries me.

 

I will install AdBlock plus.  I have used before but it seems to have been "lost" either in browser or OS updates.

 

We are having a State election here in Queensland next Saturday and some guy called Palmer with lots of money puts an Ad on every website (any where in the world) that anyone who appears to live in the State visits.  Must be costing him a fortune. I'm sick of it.

 

I need to setup an VPN and appear to be coming from Eritrea then no one will want to sell me anything.

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Drashna Jaelre

Even out of box, Sophos blocks a lot of ads.... 

So just set up the web filter to block those.

 

Then yo ucan additional stuff listed there, if wanted. you can always delete the stuff as needed....

 

Or as guide recommends, inspect the elements of the web page and block the top level domains for the ad servers.

 

 

And the biggest issue is what works for one person doesn't work for everyone.

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GavinCampbell

I'm also a fan of adblock plus.  I use it in firefox. 

 

I recently uninstalled it and realized how much it really did block.  The amount of things throwing up popups is rediculous these days.

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Also using Adblock Plus with Firefox on clients that supports it. I know Untangle also has a specific module using the same adblock engine. I went for the more dirty approach with pfSense.

 

One disadvantage I've seen with pfSense's implementation is that it can't block ads that are using https/SSL. The good news is (if you call it that), it only accounts for a relatively small number of ad domains.

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How timely. I literally just reinstalled ABP. I know ads are necessary, but they've become so bad

that it slows your browsing speed to a glacial pace. 

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