Updated January 2006
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[Hodie mihi, cras tibi]
[Reversing advertisement images]
[The Lore of the hosts scroll]
[Routing bad-addresses away]
[Our dangerous enemies]
Advertisement is slowly pervading every aspect of our lives. We live bombarded
with images and sounds whose only purpose is to make us react, like Pavlov's dogs or zombies,
in order to consume. We not only HAVE TO buy totally useless products: we have been
transformed in products ourselves.
Our enemies are now installing ads in
the railway tunnels... you will have a stroboscopic effect while passing by. They are going to
project ads on clouds and onto the evening sky. They have already transformed our whole life,
for profit, in an inferno of unsolecited continuous consumistic pushes. Already now you cannot
(and definitely in the future you will not) read, sleep, love, think or move around
without being bombarded by ads, all
intended to deceive you in order to push you to consume something, to buy something, to waste
your life for "their" profit.
Why should I be compelled to watch advertisements when I drive, walk, read?
And, pray, why should my kids
be compelled to watch advertisements whatever they wish to make? Advertisement in the schools?
Advertisement on the clouds? Wofür?
I dislike this, therefore I'm going to do what
little I can to change
this situation and damage those that damage me and the people I love.
So I am going to retaliate. A vain enterprise? Maybe, yet as you will see I'm not
without weapons against this "zillions of money" worth industry:
I'm a reverser, I reverse "Quod tegitur, magnum creditur esse malum", n'est ce pas? so the first task is
simply to SHOW things that happen :-)
Since we are using the web for our search purposes,
and since we are annoyed by any 'compulsory advertisement', this section
of my site will begin dealing mainly with the methods that we can use
to get rid of those useless ads we meet when searching.
As you'll see there are many possible options,
and some of them -incredible but true- do actually seem to work, eheh.
|Visit the remobann section!
how high will Bilibin's Babayaga fly!
Forwards to remobann.htm
Please bear with me, this is just a first attempt. This section is still a little
messy, due to the recent porting to searchlores. You may help me to clean and update what
Note also that
many good essays in the [reality
cracking] lab have QUITE A LOT of interesting anti-advertisement techniques and info inside.
Read them, starting from +ORC's world-famous [Supermarket enslaving tricks] , and
have a look at some interesting anti-advertisement tools in [Adding the
Blemish of Truth : How to Alter a Billboard]
Another fine if rather saddening reading could be this short fiction story: The Subliminal Man, by J. G. BALLARD.
|The lore of the HOSTS scrolls|
Windoze allows an effective way of filtering
unwanted connections using the hosts file (this file sits for win98 in c:\windows, for win2K in c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc
and for Win XP c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc) and
is called simply hosts, with no extension. You can have a look and modify
it using ultraedit or any other texteditor).
The hosts file is your 'personal DNS server': before accessing
any remote computer through a name to address lookup, windows
checks the hosts
file to see if the name has been defined as an address ALREADY in hosts (note that this is meant to
speed up the web connections you use more often: indeed if you know for sure that a site will always have the same
IP, you can add it yourself to the hosts file and avoid to connect everytime to the DNS server).
Through use of the hosts
file we can list the names of all servers we don't wish to contact by letting the
server name match a different address.
Typically the address used would be the 'bounce-back' localhost address 127.0.0.1.
Note that you may try 0.0.0.0. as well, and get speedier elimination
results than with 127.0.0.1. Should it fail, just use 127.0.0.1. as elimination address.
Some more important points to consider:
You must maintain the proper format or else the entry will be invalid
- Entries that contain "http:" or an ending "\" slash are invalid
Remember that the HOSTS file must be in capital letters
- place a "#" in front of the line in order to disable an entry
- Make the HOSTS file raed-only, so that noone can hijack it (at the command prompt, type: attrib +R c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\HOSTS and then
Hosts scrolls (lists of
abound on the web, but not all of them are really useful. The most useful and
powerful hosts scrolls are considered very precious items by seekers.
A particolarly annoying malware is "the right click inside windows ecplorer itself", that will
redirect you to crl.verisign.net
or to crl.verisign.com delivering info about what you are clicking onto to the bastards spyware
masters. The technique to get rid of verisign crap (and to speed up your computer everytime rightclicking will start to be
particolarly slow) is to
add to your HOSTS file (In windows XP inside C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc) the following two lines:
This will work wonders in order to speed up your hijacked rightclicks :-)
|Various small essays about hosts redirection|
A whole section with some fundamental essays
- elf's [HOSTS list]
[hosts_11.txt]: XXXX's HOSTS file (September 2000)
[hosts_al.txt]: Anonymous Lee's HOSTS file (July 2004)
[gorhost.htm]: Gordon and -Tx explanations about
the use of Gordon's mighty hosts file of incredible power
NME's [sblock list] (comment removed)
Search Engine pitfalls and how to strike back
(Using our knowledge and the depth of the web to fight our commercial enemies),
by Zarathustra, written in february 2001.
The magic pouch
With our black firewall shields
with our glistening browsers swords
with our magic pouch
full of tricks to cast
beware us webmasters
out of our way, advertisers
bow down in worship very low
bow down before our singing hosts
and in our holy presence be lostAncient seekers' rhyme (+fravia's own collection)
|Routing to dev/nul direct IP annoyances|
The hosts trick above will -alas- not work if the
advertisement spammers use a direct address connection: in these cases, logically,
the hosts file is
not checked: there is no name to resolve into an address. In these cases you should
allow IP routing (on Win 9x: run winipcfg.exe ~ Choose
More ~ and check the relevant box). If you don't see the box,
check if you have
the EnableRouting key
inside the register at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\MSTCP. If the
key isn't there, create it and give it a TRUE value (i.e. value 1). Now
Close regedit.exe and run winipcfg.exe: IP
Routing should be enabled. Now you may create a local routing table (analoguous to the hosts list, but for
numeric IPs) and
use route.exe in order to block direct IP connections with your operating
system adding IP addresses to the routing table at leasure. The pertinent
DOS command will be:
route add XX.XX.XX.XX YY.YY.YY.YY where XX.XX.XX.XX is the IP of the offender you don't want to
connect any more and
YY.YY.YY.YY is your actual IP address...
You'll find a detailed tutorial on routing at Bruce's place.
A whole undisturbed week repairing your
22-28 April 2001
: a whole sound [week]
without idiotic TV (with an anti-TV rant I wrote myself)
Antiadvertisement essays & snippets
starting points for your own work
...Don't forget to check the [removing banners]
section as well
...Also [MALWARES] (Software that hiddendly corrupts, checks or modifies your data) can be
of some relevance for
On this specific lab we will begin with some WORKING methods to fight advertisement, among other things
some approaches to "cure" the bannerclicking inferno
the bastards advertisers have prepared for us on the Internet. I'm glad to present here the following
THE AUREATE ESSAYS
ANTI ADVERTISEMENT & ADVERTISEMENT DEBUNKING ESSAYS
Steve Gibson's [Aureate discussion]
download [here] his 'opt out' utility against spyware.
(Steve is a good guy and a fine assembler programmer -his "spyware removal tool" has been written in assembly and weights
only 31 kbytes - but he does not like Blackice (a wonderful personal firewall) and
seems to have been scared by the Aureate info-thiefs' lawyers to
the point to state, now, that
he likes 'the idea of advertising-supported software' :-(
Read [Shareware Going Ad-ware] by
Kept_Anonymous about Aureate, written in June 1999
The aureate scam...
and how to scam aureate, by fravia+
part of the
Searching and understanding an image without knowing its name and purpose
"The chick on the river",
an autumnal, small, "image searching" assignement!
by G. Bidwell and fravia+, November 2004
Images finding on the web as art and passion.
There are *many* hints in the image itself, will tehy be enough?
Part of the finding images
section and of the antiadvertisement section.
- More advertisement debunking, related to source2.htm. Moderately hard.
revenge.htm: "The head of the crab"
- More advertisement debunking, related to source2.htm. An easy one.
carocolo.htm: "What do we sell?"
- More advertisement debunking, related to source2.htm. Hard one.
quietharbour.htm: "The quiet harbour"
Down in the Gehenna of Internet ads connections
(Have you ever wondered...),
by Angela Zaharia, part of the [Anti Advertisement] section.
Reversing webferret's advertisement banners, by fravia+
part of the
The Art & Science of Billboard Improvement (a comprehensive guide to the alteration of outdoor advertising)
by R.O. Thornhill and Blank DeCoverly, part of the [reality cracking],
and of the anti advertisemente sections.
- Copernic pro 2001 reversing "If Unregistered then ads"
[tse_2001.htm] ~ November 2000
- Copernic 4.5 reversing "If Unregistered then ads"
[tsehp45.htm] ~ November 2000
- Copernic 4.1 reversing
"If Unregistered then ads"
[tsecoper.htm] ~ November 2000
- Removing banners and pop up's
[remocra1.htm] ~ November 2000
- The Ongoing Proactive fight for your box
- Further observations on advert.dll
by Green Newbie
[fuobgr_1.htm] ~ March 2000
- Copernic 4.1 reversing "If Unregistered then ads"
[tsecoper.htm] ~ February 2000
- How to reverse a "free" service (email@example.com)
[perl_es1.htm] ~ July 1999
- How to find and eliminate our communication with the machines that are targeting us with
[sha2adv.htm] ~ June 1999
- How to remove advertisement banners
by various Authors
[remobann.htm] ~ July 1999
Anonymous Authentication - or - Where the ADS are
by Will Lipira,
part of the [Searching essays] and
decided to go back into my hosts file and peruse a few more intrusive advertising
sites. Every single bloody one I checked used IIS (I checked about
30 or so)" HOST! ~ Mai 2003
Hodie mihi, cras tibi
I'm sure many readers will understand how important all this could be. But your own help is needed. Send
your observations, contributions, essays, tricks. Insiders' information would be particularly welcome: I know
for instance that every year there are some 'impossible task in advertisement' awards, for the
best ad-campaigns that had success in selling an 'impossible' product, because so awful, useless,
dangerous or whatever that even zombies refused to buy it (before the ad brainwashing that
won the price, that is :-(
One of the prices, some years ago, was awarded to
the criminals that
prepared an advertisement campaign
in order to sell the 'Yucca' cheese,
(made by Kraft), a cheese made with 'spare parts' so disgusting
that noone in his right mind could ever want to buy it. Well, they won the award, people
begun eating more of that stuff...
I imagine that after the
BSE-crisis they have immediately started
mobilizing nice advertisers who have -I'm sure-
worked hard in order to convince people to accept to eat their poisoned meats...
Your help is needed! Use your reversing eyes, knowledge and wits!
How to Research the Advertising Industry
A database and a search engine for advertisements, completely free, you may enlarge (and copy)
any image, watch
Advertisements from Austria to Zimbabwe. Very useful for
for advertisement reversing.
Update January 2006
A database and a search engine for advertisements,
completely free until recently, you could enlarge (and copy)
any picture and watch
Advertisements from Austria to Zimbabwe. Very useful
for advertisement reversing pourposes.
For instance: http://media3.adforum.com/zrIf58670C/B/BM/BMPD_03884/BMPD_03884_0048601T.JPG,
an English volkswagen advertisement.
Alas, the clowns are no longer free. Let's see what we can do.
Let's isolate the image, and now
let's play the guessing game, because we don't really want to [shudder] pay advertisers in order to see
their crap, do we?
Now we notice that BMPD_03884_0048601T.JPG has a "t" inside.
It may be "t" for tiny.
Then we may have "w" for wide and maybe also "a" for art :-)
The web was made for SHARING, not for hoarding and not for selling. It's very STRUCTURE will deliver
searchers whatever they are looking for.
But the web is really deep.
For instance, if you study advertisement debunking, you may also want to take account of the EVOLUTION of advertisement, and here is
where sites like http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/adaccess/browse.html (1911-1956)
may come handy.
Careful: very dangerous vermine. <parano mode
on> These are the people that
control our enslaved world, together with the Coreper
and the Carlyle Group <parano mode
Hill & Knowlton
"If consumers started watching their euro or their dollars,
semanthically analysing the advertisement bombardment they have to endure every day
and -globally- becoming more cerebral about their purchases and choices,
it would become more difficult for the depth merchandisers
to tempt people into impulse buying, status-symbol buying,
leisure buying, useless gadget buying and many other forms
of self-indulgent useless consumption, not to mention electing in higher offices
-mostly for life -
corrupted, greedy, nepotist and already millionaire
“The use of mass psychoanalysis to guide campaigns of persuasion has become the basis of a multimillion-dollar industry. Professional persuaders have seized upon it in their groping for more effective ways to sell us their wares — whether products, ideas, attitudes, candidates, goals, or states of mind.”
From Packard Vance, The Hidden Persuaders:
What makes us buy, believe – and even vote – the way we do?, Chapter 1, “The Depth Approach”
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