Method to protect your adsense account from incidental clicks.
Using this method, you can permanently block Adsense ads (or any other contextual ad you choose) from ever loading on your computer… no matter which browser, software program, or anything you use!
Here’s how it works: Windows uses what’s known as a “hosts” file to determine the relationship between IP addresses and hostnames. In layman terms, it simply means that your computer will associate an “IP address” to a particular “hostname” (like pagead.googlesyndication.com) within the “hosts” file. Normally, your “hosts” file should be empty, except for the following line: 127.0.0.1 localhost Basically, the above IP address and hostname combination tells your computer that “localhost” points to 127.0.0.1 (your computer’s IP address).
Now, how can you use this to your advantage? Solution: Assign every known “hostname” that your Adsense or contextual ads are loading from to your computer’s IP address (127.0.0.1). So instead of “loading” the hostname by visiting the actual IP address, your computer will go to 127.0.0.1… and the actual ads will NEVER get retrieved from Adsense’s servers. Now, this might seem complicated, but don’t worry. In a moment I’ll tell you how you can download the same “hosts” file I’m using and edit the one on your computer to block Adsense (and even Chitika) ads. But first, let me show you where to find your “hosts” file. Here’s where you can find your “hosts” file for different operating systems:
Windows XP: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
Windows 2000: C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc
Windows 98 or ME: C:\WINDOWS\-
Once you locate your “hosts” file, right-click and choose “Open”, then choose “Notepad” to open the file. As you can see, there’s only 1 entry in your “hosts” file – the default “127.0.0.1 localhost” entry. Here’s what you want to do: Go to the last empty line in your “hosts” file and add a list of “IPAddress – Hostname” combinations you want, like you see below. It’s as simple as typing in “127.0.0.1” and then following it with 2 spaces and the “hostname” of the contextual advertising service you want to block. Put one IP Address – Hostname combination per line. Here’s my entire list of IP Address – Hostname listings in my “hosts” file that you can use (currently blocks Google Adsense, Google Analytics, Urchin and Chitika):
127.0.0.1 adwords.google.com #[Gmail ads]
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com #[Google AdWords]
127.0.0.1 www.google-analytics.com #[Google Analytics]
127.0.0.1 service.urchin.com #[Urchin Tracking Module]
127.0.0.1 ads.chitika.net #[IE-SpyAd]
That’s it! Once you’ve edited your “hosts” file and save it, Adsense ads will NEVER load again on your computer. You can try visiting any website you want, and you’ll never see an Adsense ad block ☺ Now, you can confidently edit, modify and “preview” your websites as much as you want without worrying about “accidentally” clicking on your ads again!