Know what IESnare is? Looking for ways to block it? This post covers the lot…
In short, IESnare is a dirty little tool bookies are using to spy on their customers. If you’re purely trading, it affects you effects you less, assuming your cool with bookies prying on your every move?
However, if you’re reducing premium charges or topping up profits with the occasional Arb, or matched bet, read on. I’ll give the best explanation possible along with the proven remedy to keep their dirty tricks at bay.
What Is IESnare?
IESnare is an analytical tool created by a company called Iovation. IESnare is designed to counter fraud and abuse, such as money laundering between accounts. It works through tracking information about users through time visited on-site, other sites visited along with any other personal information it can gather. You can read a little more about ‘fraud prevention’ on their site.
That’s a totally legitimate and useful thing to be doing, right?
Of course… unless a bookmaker is considering its use for matters other than preventing crime. Note: one of the things it tracks is other websites you visit. Perfect if you want to look for a user potentially arbing prices between bookmaker and betting exchange. A little naughty maybe.
Why Do Bookies Use IESnare?
Bookmakers only like losers, no surprises there. But before the internet they managed to keep account closures and limiting winners like Patrick Vietch under-wraps. The odd news article maybe, but very few talked about it.
Now it seems to be pretty mainstream. The rise in betting exchanges has made it far easier for anyone to make a quick buck, be it through matched betting, arbing or trading. Unfortunately programs like IESnare have made it easier for the bookies to close them down just as fast…
I’ve yet to see a bookie talk openly about IESnare. If they did they’d probably just quote the ‘doing their bit for fraud’ line.
It’s just part of the industry I guess, it seems to be common knowledge. By recording your internet history the bookies can quite clearly see what kind of user you are, profiling you in the process. If they suspect you’re a bit shrewder than the average user they may impose betting restrictions.
How Do You Know If You’ve Been ‘Snared’?
It’s simple to find out if IESnare is active on your machine. Just run a quick search for ‘mpsnare’.
If the machine you’re on has been infected, it’ll soon show up. To remove IESnare is really quite simple, preventing catching it again is slightly harder.
If you’re regularly using bookies websites it’s likely to be a reoccurring issue, we’ll show you how to block it in a sec…
How do you remove IESnare? Easy. Just delete all the files that appear following the above search and it’s gone, simple.
But how do you stop it from coming back? the slightly harder part…
How To Block IESnare (5 Step Process)
The first point to note is: you cannot stop IESnare from being installed on your machine. But you can stop it from sending back any data it has gathered, rendering it useless.
To do this though, you need to change a couple of things. So, in 5 quick steps…
(you can enlarge any of the following images by clicking on them)
Step 1: Locating IESnare files.
- Locate notepad via your machines start menu (bottom left).
- Right click notepad.
- Select Run as administrator
- You’ll be asked for additional permissions, click Yes.
Notepad will then open. Now, select File > Open (make sure All Files is selected, bottom right).
For the file-path, cut and paste the following line: C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc and hit open.
If you’re unsure where to post this line, see the image on the next step. The red box at the top is where you need to paste or type this line.
Step 2: Editing IESnare host file.
Once locating the correct file-path from the previous step you’ll see a selection of files. You want to:
- Right click and select Properties (seen above).
- Uncheck the tick box that specifies Read-Only.
- Hit Apply, followed by OK.
Now, when opening your hosts file you will be presented with something like this:
Step 3: Paste the following.
Now we need to add some lines to your hosts file to block IESnare.
The link below contains all the lines, in order that need to be added below the line 127.0.0.1 localhost. To avoid confusion, just click the link below, copy and paste.
After, you’ll be left with something looking like the following:
Red box denotes the text that has been added (found on the link above the image).
Step 4: Save and finish.
Your host file has now been edited appropriately in order to block IESnare from working on your machine. You just need to Save the file (with the new lines inside) and reboot your machine!
But it’d be foolish not to check the edit has not worked…
Step 5: Check IESnare is blocked for good.
You can check the block has worked by going to:
- Start Menu.
- Command Prompt (shown above).
- Once open, type: ping mpsnare.iesnare.com
The reply should come back from 127.0.0.1 and look like:
…that’s it. All done!
Removing IESnare on MAC
I haven’t got a Mac, although I’m led to believe this works if you have…
How to remove IESnare from a MAC machine:
- You need to Launch Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities. You can also launch through Spotlight.
- When prompted to backup hosts to your documents folder add this: sudo cp /private/etc/hosts ~/Documents/hosts-backup.
- Then, when prompted to open hosts file, input this: sudo nano /private/etc/hosts.
- You’ll have to add your administrator password for verification (it won’t be able to see it as typed on screen). Hit enter.
- When the hosts file has loaded up, navigate to the bottom to add the lines of code in the text file below these steps. Linked below.
- Once added, hit Control+O and then enter to save your changes. Finally, hit Control+X to exit from nano.
The lines you require for input (point 5):
I’m Unsure Of This – Should I Block IESnare?
The above may seem like a bit of an effort; but it is worth it. Do you want the bookmakers spying on you 24/7?
Think of it like this; would you allow a hacker to stay on your computer and do nothing about it? The same logic applies with this. If you have come across IESnare on your computer, you have to get rid of it!
It will definitely affect your betting in the future.
Final Thought For IE Snare
It doesn’t really matter which angle you come at it. IESnare might have been created with the best possible taste, to catch fraudsters. But over time, the use of IESnare by the bookies has become questionable. It wouldn’t have ended up in the mainstream media if there wasn’t any truth to the claims. A nasty way to do business, but the way the industry seems to be headed.
For you and I the best course is to block IESnare regardless. There just isn’t any potential upside for the user. Some have even reported being gubbed by a bookmaker before placing a bet, believing it was because of the program.
The more that become aware of IESnare, and how to block it the better. Feel free to use this post as an explanation to your friends that don’t understand. Word of mouth seems to be the only way the masses are to find out. You don’t often see it discussed on the racing channels, that’s for sure.
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