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How to: Block all internet ads without using any software [Windows XP]

Internet ads not only distract you from a website's main content, they slow down the site and most of the time advertise haram things. Ahlamdulillah my internet experience has been ad-free since last year by the virtue of this solution. I have made it into steps with pictures to make it easy for everyone to use it (it doesn't matter whether you use IE, FireFox or Chrome, you'll block ads for all of them at once):

1. Go to
2. Click on 'text file' on the right of the page to download a text file titled hosts.txt

3. Open the file.

4. Select all of the text in the file (one way is to go to Edit--> Select All) AND then copy it (right-click, copy).

5. Copy the text (Edit-->Copy or right-click and copy).

6. Go to this address on your computer: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc" . Double-click on the 'hosts' file.

7. A window will come up asking you to choose a program to open the file with. Choose NotePad and click OK.

8. Select all of the text in the file (like step 4).
9. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
10. Paste the text (that you copied in step 5).
11. Click 'Save' on the File menu.

12. Close the file.
13. You are done! Close your internet browser, then open it again. The ads will be gone :)
14. Every few months visit the link at step 1 to get an updated list. Updating the list will help block ads from new ad networks.