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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Alternative Ad Blocking Method

You should only continue reading this if you have been unable to install Adextinguisher onto your computer yourself, and I have been unable to fix the installation problem you've told me about by email.


A hosts file is used by Windows to translate host names (eg: www.bhatt.id.au) to IP addresses (eg: 203.2.75.2).

IP addresses are numbers that mean the same thing as the words in web addresses. Computers use numbers to find a sites address, but people type words like www.bhatt.id.au so that they dont need to remember numbers with dots in between them when they want to visit a web site.

All computers have a host address of their own - it is known as the "localhost" address, with an IP address of 127.0.0.1 which a computer uses to refer to itself. If you associate another computer's host name with your localhost IP address, you have effectively blocked that host since all attempts to access it will lead back to you.

What a hosts file does is store the addresses of common computers on the internet which store ads shown on web pages and tells your web browser eg: Internet Explorer or Netscape that the ad is stored on your computer. That way, your computer will never go looking for the ad...which blocks that ad from appearing because the computer thinks it has already found the ad locally.

Go to www.smartin-designs.com to learn how to setup and use a hosts file, or

the DMOZ collection of many other good ad blocking methods.