Frequently Asked Questions

Adextinguisher isnt listed in "Add/Remove programs". How do I remove it?
1. Disable the HTTP proxy in your web browser
2. If running adextinguisher as a service (adextsvc.exe), stop it by executing "net stop adextsvc" from the windows command line.
3. Delete all files called adextinguisher.exe (Windows 95/98/ME) or adextsvc.exe (Windows 2000/XP/2003) on your hard disk.

Could you please add THIS NEW FEATURE to Adexinguisher?
Addition of new features by Adextinguishers original developer Mike Ingle has ceased. This software project is not likely to have any new releases. The blocking list may still be updated in the future.

How do I create my own Ad Blocking list? Can I use more than one list??
1. Make your own list instructions.
2. Yes, as many lists as you want eg: my list + yours + your friends. Tell me if you make a list of your own, perhaps I can include your rules in the main adextingusiher block.txt rules file.

Does Adextinguisher stop popup windows from opening new browser windows?
No, but Adextinguisher can block the large ad images inside popular popup windows eg: X10 or Tripod so the popup window that opens doesnt contain any images.

Will Adextinguisher work with my Cable/ADSL connection?
Yes. I put the proxy server settings in my Dial up networking proxy settings for my ADSL connection. However depending on the modem you use for your cable/adsl connection the proxy settings may have to be entered in a different place eg: the modems internal settings.

Adextinguisher sounds good. What is the cost?
Adextinguisher is completely FREE.

Do you have a mailing list that I can join?
There wouldnt be any point in doing that because this software project is not likely to have any new releases. The blocking list may still be updated in the future.

HELP! Adextinguisher isnt working
Please read the HELP page.

I can see ads on a website, what can you do?
Email me with the exact location of the website and i'll do my best to get rid of the new ads.

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Adextinguisher Installation for Internet Explorer 5/5.5/6 or Netscape 6.X
on Windows 95/98/ME

  1. Go to Start button-->Settings-->Control Panel--> Internet Options.

  2. Click on Connections tab.

  3. In the Dial-up Settings window, choose the connection you are using. Frequently there is only one listed.

  4. Click the Settings button to the right of the connection list.

  5. Check the box labeled Use a Proxy Server.

  6. Click the Advanced button to the right of the box you just checked.

  7. In the Proxy Settings field, enter adext-localhost for the HTTP proxy.

  8. In the Port field to the right of it, enter 8882 or whatever port you selected when you installed. 8882 is the default.

  9. Download Ad Extinguisher.

  10. Save the file adext.exe to your Desktop or downloads directory.

  11. Double-click on the file adext.exe in Windows Explorer to run it.
    The Setup box will appear.

  12. Read ALL the information below, then close your web browser, and click on Setup.

  13. When Adextinguisher has been installed and you have restarted your computer visit some commercial web sites like ZDNET Downloads and see how nice they are without the ads. You do not have to do anything to make adextinguisher block ads now, it should do so by itself, if you find a site where ads are not blocked tell me about it.

Note that ads are now transparent. For tech support, to make suggestions about the page or to tell me about ads that are not blocked, have a look at the Help part of this website, and if you cant find the information you want there, Contact Me. I'll do my best to help but there is no warranty.

To Uninstall the program: Go to Start Menu, Control Panel, Settings, Add/Remove Programs and Double-click Ad Extinguisher 1.0