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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More Information about Adextinguisher

Ad Extinguisher prevents the display of banner ads and some web bugs in a web browser. To find out what a web bug is go to the Privacy foundation

This speeds up browsing, helps your privacy, and reduces annoying distractions. It can also limit animations to one cycle, so that you can see the animation without being distracted by it while you are reading. Ad Extinguisher can generally eliminate an entire banner including the border and "click here" text.

Ad Blocking Process

graphical description of Ad Blocking Process

Free Internet Service Provider (ISP) Ad Software

This software wont remove the ad banner software that Free ISP's make you put on your computer, this would break the terms of your agreement with the Free ISP, which is, that they give you free internet access and you have to look at their ads.

Control Panel

Ad Extinguisher's user interface is the Control Panel web page, not to be confused with the Windows Control Panel. To access the Ad Extinguisher Control Panel, enter the URL http://ae.loc/configl or click the link. This page only exists if you have Ad Extinguisher installed. It is not a real web page on the Internet, but a user interface provided by the program. After making any changes in the Control Panel, click the Save Changes button to make them take effect.

Subscribing to my blocking list

You can subscribe to the blocking list if you already have Adextinguisher installed by clicking here , then clicking on Save Changes in the new window that pops up.

Program Options

The box to the upper left is Program Options. These determine what effect Ad Extinguisher has on the pages you view.

Permit all ads: This option disables ad blocking.

Block banner ads only: This option removes banner ads but does not remove the borders around them. It does not remove text ads or form ads. This option is not typically useful.

Block banner ads, HTML ads, and form ads: This option removes most ads completely. A banner surrounded by a click-here box with text below it will vanish completely. This is the usual operating mode.

Limit GIF animations to one cycle: GIF animations normally repeat the same sequence over and over, distracting you from reading text on the page. This option prevents this looping, instead causing the animation to play once and stop.

Display icon in place of blocked ads: This option causes a small lightning bolt to appear where an ad was deleted. If this option is turned off (as it is by default), ads will vanish without a trace. Actually they are replaced by an invisible one-pixel GIF to avoid breaking table formatting.

Program Statistics: The box on the right shows some statistics gathered by the program. These numbers are valid from the time shown in Up Since. They are reset to zero at restart.

List Subscriptions

Ad Extinguisher gets its URL blocking lists from a web server automatically. By default, you are subscribed to my blocking service when you install the program.

The box below Program Options shows your blocking list subscriptions. To reload a list immediately, check Reload Now and click Save Changes. Lists are reloaded automatically, so you do not need to Reload Now unless you are troubleshooting a problem.

If you see an error message for one of the lists, click its link to see why it is broken. If the site is temporarily down, the last known good version of that list will continue to be used until the site comes back online. Error messages for a site will go away when the site is successfully loaded.

Advanced Options

Click the Show All Options link on the Control Panel to see all the technical options that you should not have to change.

Blocking list update frequency: How long in minutes to wait between reloads of blocking lists.

Idle thread timeout: How long in seconds a thread should remain idle before terminating. Ad Extinguisher reuses threads, so when a connection terminates, the thread remains idle for a while and can receive a new connection. If the highest-numbered thread times out, it exits. This saves time versus creating a thread for each connection.

Connection timeout: How long in seconds a connection should be kept alive and idle. If a connection is idle for longer than this time, it terminates. If you are running a large multi-user environment and the number of Connection Threads is excessive, reduce this number. In addition to the Connection Threads, there are two System Threads that never exit.

Incoming TCP port: This is the port on which Ad Extinguisher receives connections. If you change it, you must also change your browser proxy port. This change takes effect only after a program restart.

Pass-through proxy host and port: If a value is entered for these options, Ad Extinguisher will chain connections to an existing proxy. This permits Ad Extinguisher to be used simultaneously with another proxy.

Test rule: Enter a regular expression here to test it. It will take effect immediately upon Save Changes, but is not stored permanently. This is used for developing new blocking rules.

In addition, there are new listings for incoming, outgoing, and denied (because they are from invalid IP addresses) connections in the Statistics window.

Remote Access

By default, Ad Extinguisher only accepts connections from the machine it is running on (localhost or 127.0.0.1). Connections from any other machine will be disconnected immediately without reply. If you want to allow someone else access, use the Remote Client Access Permissions box in the Advanced (Show All Options) configuration.

Enter the network number in the Network field, and the network mask in the Netmask field. If the Admin? checkbox is checked, the remote users will have access to the Control Panel; if it is clear, they will not. This should be clear except for an administrator's workstation.

To allow a single workstation access, enter its IP address for Network and 255.255.255.255 for the netmask.

To allow the whole Internet, enter 0.0.0.0 for network and netmask. To allow a specific network, enter the network and netmask of that network.

After setting the server to permit remote access, set the client's proxy server to the server's IP address, and the port specified when Ad Extinguisher was installed. This permits non-Windows machines to use Ad Extinguisher. ISPs can install the program and allow their users to block ads by simply setting their proxy servers.