Thanks coolcolors, I first used the Hosts file trick in the 90's before any ad-blocking was available for browsers, but I'm trying the different content blocking options that come with modern browsers just to learn and see how efficient/effective they can be. I'm quite familiar with Opera (my browser of choice) and am trying to learn more about FF with ABP and I haven't found any reason to use EasyList, which delays the startup and eats up too much memory. I was just curious about the number of "hits" others might be getting.
I've not heard of privoxy Michael, I'll need to read more about it, thanks.
By the way, on my lowly laptop, FireFox is no competition for Opera in startup and page rendering. I haven't tried Chrome yet, I'll need to undeb a package before I can install it.