The Windows 10 April 2018 update has arrived! Get the new Dell XPS 15, starting at $999.99
04-11-2018 12:59 PM
177 123 ...
tools
  1. Jazmac's Avatar
    Following a fellow member of Windows Central, (6029KingStephen) and he mentioned something I could do with the hosts file and I decided to look into it tonight. I updated my hosts file and low and behold, Edge is actually usable. I mean really usable. Even on Windows Central, the message board controls all behave normally. And its still speedy as you want. Low memory usage See below. I keep expecting it to hiccup, kick me out or do this annoying refresh while I'm in the middle of my thoughts but it didn't happen.

    I still have wobbly knees but yeah, its all good.

    You might try it yourself. I can post the host file and drop some instructions I used, or you can simply hit the link and build it yourself. Its just wonderful to use this new browser without all the noise. It could replace my old friend Firefox. I encourage you to try it. It could change your mind about Edge.

    what-cpu.png
    08-01-2015 04:05 AM
  2. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    What exactly are you doing?

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    bsbharath1987 likes this.
    08-01-2015 06:12 AM
  3. Neil Gascoyne's Avatar
    Second that, more or less given up on it for now, splattered with so many ads, no control of them. Just reading a site like this it's running at around 20% CPU on my SP3 and burning the battery.
    08-01-2015 06:40 AM
  4. Sekyal's Avatar
    You know there is reading mode, so you don't have to see the ads then. I just checked my edge and don't notice any spike in CPU so it must be isolated cases for this to occur.
    Byrese likes this.
    08-01-2015 09:00 AM
  5. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Yeah I'd like to know more about this myself
    08-01-2015 09:05 AM
  6. Jazmac's Avatar
    What exactly are you doing?

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    What I did was update my Windows hosts file and effectively blocked these noise ridden adverts from showing up on my computer via my Edge client. But the best part is, it works for any installed browser including Firefox and IE 11. (these are what I have installed) Its permanent and makes life on the net peaceful. And peace from ads is a must.
    @Sekyal
    Reading mode is just that, reading mode. it quiets the noise and great for research type reading. But its not designed for general surfing.

    This method truly makes Edge worth it. And like I was saying, if you've never experienced Edge as it was intended, you should try this. I'll post up my host file and some instructions in a bit.
    08-01-2015 11:00 AM
  7. Jazmac's Avatar
    1. Right click on Start then click Command Prompt (admin) Click Yes to the UAC prompt.
    2. This should drop you at C:\Windows\system32 but if not no biggy. Your aim is to get to the folder where your hosts file lives. So type: cd\ this will put you at the root of C:\. Then type: cd Windows\System32\drivers\etc then hit <return>.
    Type dir <return> You should see your "hosts" file listed.

    For the unwashed geeks, I found a great link to show you how to get to your hosts file.(Link Removed)

    Before you begin: MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR EXISTING HOSTS FILE BEFORE GETTING STARTED!!

    Assuming you have already made it to the hosts file location as shown above,
    Type in: Copy hosts c:\temp.
    It doesn't matter if c:\temp doesn't exist already, the copy command will create the folder.


    Roll your own method:
    Go to this link and copy paste the contents in your existing hosts file.
    From the link, copy everything from
    #<localhost>
    to this line:
    127.0.0.1 youcanoptout.org
    The rest of that stuff is superfluous and unnecessary in your hosts file IMHO.
    Scroll down just below the last line in your existing hosts file and paste what you copied into your hosts file, save and exit the command prompt.

    Launch Microsoft Edge and enjoy.
    Last edited by Jazmac; 08-04-2015 at 07:01 PM. Reason: Edited to removed prepared hosts file
    08-01-2015 12:27 PM
  8. MartinCal's Avatar
    I have found the best HOSTS file for ad-blocking is currently from: winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

    After downloading their HOSTS file, placing it into Windows\System32\drivers\etc, and rebooting, Edge is blazing fast now! Noticeably faster than a similar Chrome or Firefox configured with ad-blocking plugins.

    If you want to use Edge, but are put off because support for extensions are not available yet, and thus no ad-blocking extensions can be used, this method is a great temporary solution.
    08-01-2015 08:22 PM
  9. txkimmers's Avatar
    I have found the best HOSTS file for ad-blocking is currently from: winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

    After downloading their HOSTS file, placing it into Windows\System32\drivers\etc, and rebooting, Edge is blazing fast now! Noticeably faster than a similar Chrome or Firefox configured with ad-blocking plugins.

    If you want to use Edge, but are put off because support for extensions are not available yet, and thus no ad-blocking extensions can be used, this method is a great temporary solution.
    This is the one I used also, and it's great. And THANK YOU, Jazmac for again bringing the good and useful!
    Last edited by txkimmers; 08-02-2015 at 09:55 AM.
    Jazmac likes this.
    08-02-2015 09:29 AM
  10. Bobvfr's Avatar
    Well done, I just copied the "Roll out" method and all of those lovely adverts have disappeared, I wont know what I want to spend my pennies on now.
    Jazmac likes this.
    08-02-2015 12:06 PM
  11. elindalyne's Avatar
    That's neat and all, but its not really acceptable for the general consumer to have to do this.
    etad putta likes this.
    08-02-2015 12:45 PM
  12. Bobvfr's Avatar
    Someone has to read the adverts otherwise we would be in deep dudu.
    SamJHannan likes this.
    08-02-2015 12:49 PM
  13. realwarder's Avatar
    Someone has to read the adverts otherwise we would be in deep dudu.
    Sites like WPC include far too many ads. A complete overkill. When ads slow down browsing significantly is when a site has taken things too far and have to expect users to block them.

    WPC is a perfect test case for Edge developers though as it performs terribly due to all the ads.
    08-02-2015 02:49 PM
  14. Jazmac's Avatar
    That's neat and all, but its not really acceptable for the general consumer to have to do this.
    On one hand I understand your point because we are all used to add ons like Adblock plugin to do the heavy lifting but on the other, not so much. And here is the reality check. This is the desktop. Nothing much has changed about it in all the years I've worked with them which I'm sure has been longer than you. You will have to tailor how it functions from time to time.It is flexible in that regard. It is the nature of high end operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, OSX, Linux etc.There is no such thing as an operating system that does everything exactly as you want out of the box. If you need assistance with your hosts files, just ask. I put instructions in the thread but it still may be just above your reach. No problem. We can still help if you only ask.
    08-02-2015 02:55 PM
  15. DavidinCT's Avatar
    I have found the best HOSTS file for ad-blocking is currently from: winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

    After downloading their HOSTS file, placing it into Windows\System32\drivers\etc, and rebooting, Edge is blazing fast now! Noticeably faster than a similar Chrome or Firefox configured with ad-blocking plugins.

    If you want to use Edge, but are put off because support for extensions are not available yet, and thus no ad-blocking extensions can be used, this method is a great temporary solution.
    I tried this, OMG this site is actually usable, no more Edge crashing, or lagging, it's smooth as silk. Inpressive. I need to test some sites but, over all, very nice.

    WindowsCentral, if you didn't over burden this site with so many ads that it almost kills most browsers, no one would have to do this. It's about greed and now your not getting anything from some users because of this.
    Jazmac likes this.
    08-02-2015 03:14 PM
  16. Reflexx's Avatar
    I tried this, OMG this site is actually usable, no more Edge crashing, or lagging, it's smooth as silk. Inpressive. I need to test some sites but, over all, very nice.

    WindowsCentral, if you didn't over burden this site with so many ads that it almost kills most browsers, no one would have to do this. It's about greed and now your not getting anything from some users because of this.
    How are you defining "greed"?

    It's not exactly easy to make enough money to keep a paid staff, pay for events, etc...
    iSingBass and ajj3085 like this.
    08-02-2015 03:33 PM
  17. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    I can get to the file location but I'm not sure what to do after that point and I know better than to mess around in Command Prompt unless I know exactly what I'm doing. I only recently got really interested in computers and coding as I find it insanely interesting and my curiosity is what drove me to come back and asking for aid (I got to the file location once, then decided not to do it because of my lack of knowledge). I'd appreciate some help.
    08-02-2015 06:19 PM
  18. txkimmers's Avatar
    I can get to the file location but I'm not sure what to do after that point and I know better than to mess around in Command Prompt unless I know exactly what I'm doing. I only recently got really interested in computers and coding as I find it insanely interesting and my curiosity is what drove me to come back and asking for aid (I got to the file location once, then decided not to do it because of my lack of knowledge). I'd appreciate some help.
    Read this for a good overview of what is happening: How to Block Websites in Windows 8?s Hosts File
    also: http://lifehacker.com/5817447/how-to...the-hosts-file

    Note there is a warning in that first article that Windows Defender may interpret changes to your hosts file as possible malware, here is how to deal with that:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2764944

    Although for what it's worth, I have edited my hosts file many times without adding it as an exclusion in WD, and Windows Defender never seemed to notice or change anything. Lastly, please do remember to just re-name your existing hosts file something like hostsOLD and leave it in there in case you decide you want to revert to it later.
    Laura Knotek, pjniez and James8561 like this.
    08-02-2015 06:39 PM
  19. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    Those websites were very informative, thank you. So, to add websites to my hosts file, I just open the hosts files through Notepad as Administrator and copy website url's directly into the file beginning with the numbers 127.0.0.1? I want perfect clarity on this haha.
    08-02-2015 07:34 PM
  20. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    Also, how do I change my hosts file to a different hosts file? Do I simply store all my different hosts files (let's say I have the default one and the hosts file that blocks ads) in a different location and simply copy it into the drivers/etc folder, deleting the other one?
    08-02-2015 07:38 PM
  21. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    Sweet. ...

    Thanks for your help

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    08-02-2015 07:54 PM
  22. TechAbstract's Avatar
    Here is another one for the newbies. Quick and easy.

    Download http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.zip
    Extract to a folder. Right click mvps.bat and run as Administrator
    It does back up original host file for you. Works great on Windows RT too by the way.
    Last edited by TechAbstract; 08-28-2015 at 09:09 AM.
    08-02-2015 08:17 PM
  23. txkimmers's Avatar
    Also, how do I change my hosts file to a different hosts file? Do I simply store all my different hosts files (let's say I have the default one and the hosts file that blocks ads) in a different location and simply copy it into the drivers/etc folder, deleting the other one?
    Well, to edit the existing host file, the way I do it is this: I first run Notepad or some other text editor as administrator, click Open file from there and navigate to the hosts file, once in the folder change the file type to "all" so I can see the hosts file, then edit it and save. You don't have to do it that way, that's just how I like to do it. Jazmac's instructions work just fine too, potato potahto...

    Or you can download a new one and just replace the existing one:

    The hosts file that I downloaded, recommended by MartinCal (or by TechAbstract in the post above this one) has a huge list of adserver sites, and it's regularly updated and it's pretty well known, so I just downloaded a copy (I plan to go back and make a donation soon too). It comes in a .zip file along with an installer .bat but you really don't need that. For good habits and to learn, read the ReadMe and Licensing files! Then I just copied the actual hosts file from the zip folder to my desktop. Then I went into the hosts location via file explorer, re-named the existing file hostsOLD and left it in there, then copied or moved the new one into that folder. That's it. You should see the difference as soon as you open Edge, FF or any browser you have.

    If you feel weird about the new hosts file, open it in Notepad first and see exactly what it says in there, no harm in that. Just remember it's not actually a text file, so in file explorer you have to choose all file types to view or you won't see it.
    08-02-2015 08:24 PM
  24. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Nice to see this trick works without any caveats on Windows 10, basically what it's doing is pointing the sites to your local host (0.0.0.0 - dead IP in laymen terms) which is why you don't see any adverts. The other advantage of this is that it is System wide and should work with applications like desktop Skype, however I haven't checked this myself on 10 but I do know it works in 7 as I used to use it for Skype (unless it's been patched out).

    However such as method plays havoc for me on Windows 7 (lagging sites, limited connection issues even with static IPs set on either the Ethernet or Wi Fi adapter - even in the alternate tab). But this probably could be attributed to the fact IE is embedded into the core of 7 whereas with 10 it is most likely Edge.

    Never the less best be cautious, it's not all a bed of roses .

    Always keep two copies of the original, as you never know you might end up messing up somewhere along the lines.
    Jazmac likes this.
    08-02-2015 08:43 PM
  25. ninjaap's Avatar
    Awesome!!! Thanks Jazmac!
    Jazmac likes this.
    08-02-2015 08:50 PM
177 123 ...

Similar Threads

  1. Why is my Windows 10 store force closing?
    By WPCentral Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-14-2015, 02:55 AM
  2. Replies: 32
    Last Post: 08-25-2015, 08:02 AM
  3. Windows 10 upgrade-- working on it..how can I fix an error?
    By Windows Central Question in forum Windows 10
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-18-2015, 04:48 AM
  4. Black bars on the sides of the screen.
    By WPCentral Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-01-2015, 03:40 PM
  5. Why am I unable to switch on apps-notifications in action center?
    By Ronald Geurtsen in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-01-2015, 04:03 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD