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By Chris Bailey

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Posted: 6 Jan 2003
 

If you know of any other addresses that should be blocked, let us know and we'll add them to the list. Big thanks to Matthew Quinn for his excellent collection!

We have had a rash of advertising programs magically get installed onto our machines - programs such as Gator, Precision Time, and more.

To block these programs from being installed (and to block the ones that are already installed from consuming bandwidth), we added a filter to our BorderManager server for the following addresses. Just add these entries to the rules on your BorderManager server.

http://*.bonzi.com/*
http://*.*.bonzi.com/*
http://*.date-manager.com/*
http://*.*.date-manager.com/*
http://*.precision-time.com/*
http://*.*.precision-time.com/*
http://*.gatoradvertisinginformationnetwork.com/*
http://*.*.gatoradvertisinginformationnetwork.com/*
http://*.offercompanion.com/*
http://*.*.offercompanion.com/*
http://*.gatorcorporation.com/*
http://*.*.gatorcorporation.com/*
http://*.gator.com/*
http://*.*.gator.com/*
http://*.xupiter.com/*
http://*.*.xupiter.com/*
http://*.friendgreetings.com/*
http://*.*.friendgreetings.com/*
http://*.friend-greeting.com/*
http://*.*.friend-greeting.com/*
http://*.cool-downloads.com/*
http://*.*.cool-downloads.com/*
http://*.permissionmedia.com/*
http://*.*.permissionmedia.com/*
http://*.cometsystems.com/*
http://*.*.cometsystems.com/*
http://*.*.*.cometsystems.com/*

(Note: For many sites to be filtered correctly, you must enter the lines with the *.*. at the beginning as well as the *. beginning entries.)

If you have any questions you may contact Chris at baileyc@carthage.k12.mo.us

Other Suggestions

Herbert Driesen

Add these to your sites to be blocked. These are all sites that links to porn sites.

www.gamez.nl
www.funnygames.nl
www.leukegamez.nl
www.gamez.pott.nl
www.funnyplazza.nl

Also, you can try these programs to assist in blocking unwanteds with BorderManager:
Adwall, Filewall, Linkwall
Available from http://www.connectotel.com

Matthew Quinn

After starting to build-from-scratch a list of BorderManager ad-blocks about two weeks back, it occurred to me that someone of like mind may have already posted a compatible solution to the Novell KB. Not being able to find one, I took it upon myself to categorise our own list, around 130 filters (don't worry, you can choose which to implement depending on your situation) and posted it here for a bit of good karma and critical review ;)

I would greatly appreciate your feedback on any issues that may arise from the use of this list; education-related sites being inadvertently blocked, that kind of thing. It is posted here in "Microsoft Excel 97 & 5.0/95 Workbook" format which should be readable by any major database program.

I have colour-coded a few of the filters to try and give some indication of their effects in a number of workplaces - BOLD indicates an effective filter, usually affecting many sites and/or major sites; BLUE represents the strongest filters in the bunch [if you only add a few, these are the ones to pick from!], and RED denotes a few filters which may intefere with regular use, either because the offending site hosts downloads/other info as well as ads, or because they are keyword/convention filters which may be used in legitimate site addresses. Most of the filters are in regular font, these have not been classified into the other groups and can be used at your discretion.

Feel free to e-mail me suggestions for improvement. I've probably missed one or two ad servers (but the "common ad conventions" section will make 404-mincemeat of most!)

Download block.xls

If you have any questions you may contact Matthew at mquinn@kenmoreshs.qld.edu.au

Roger Thomas

You may like to add:
http://static.smni.com/*


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