VIDEO: How to block iesnare

Training: Beginner

What is iesnare?

block iesnare Protect yourself from being gubbed by removing and blocking iesnare. Let us take you through the simple steps!

‘iesnare’ or ‘ReputationManager’ is a small program designed by a company called Iovation – who specialise in detecting fraud online.

It's often used by online bookmakers to ensure that one customer doesn't register with them twice on the same device, pretending to be someone they are not.

When you visit such a site, iesnare is attributed to your device to track your usage and habits on their websites (similar to a cookie but harder to remove).

The other benefit for the operator is that they can cross-reference customer data with other bookmaker websites they own. For example, PaddyPower and Betfair are in the same group, as are Ladbrokes and Coral.

When matched betting, the risk to us is being 'gubbed' from bookmaker websites if they suspect we're not there to be a loyal profit-making punter (mug) for them! From their POV, why would a mug be betting frequently on more than one site? Of course they're right... we're only after their free bets!

Tip: Don't worry if you've already done some signup offers. The gubbing risk increases the more reload offers you take up, though we recommend following these steps ASAP.

Thankfully it's relatively simple to remove and block iesnare from your device, and we'll show you how in this guide. Firstly, let's check if you already have it...

How to check if you have iesnare installed

Simply search your computer files for "mpsnare" (cunningly renamed!). If iesnare is on your device you may see some of following folders:

mpsnare search

iesnare files found!

How to remove iesnare files

Delete the above folders! This will remove all the data iesnare has stored on your computer.

Also delete any related cookies on your browser by searching for "snare". This is how to do it using Chrome:

Settings > Show advanced setting > Content settings (under Privacy) > All cookies and site data


iesnare cookies (Chrome)

Feeling better? Well iesnare can (and will likely) be installed again. It's actually very hard to stop that, but we can prevent iesnare from ever sending data from your device again. Making it redundant is good enough, so let's get to it...

On a Mac OS? Click here to jump to your steps.

Windows: How to block iesnare in 8 steps

Watch the short video and follow the written steps below.

1. Open Notepad

Right-click on Notepad and select ‘Run as administrator’.


2. Open new file

Select 'File' > 'Open'.

3. Allow any file to be opened

Towards the bottom right of the window click on the arrow next to Text Documents (*.txt) and change this to All Files.

4. Open hosts folder

Paste in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and click Open.


5. Unselect 'read-only' box

Right click on ‘hosts’ and select ‘Properties’. Ensure read-only box is unticked.

6. Open 'hosts' and paste in lines


Enter the following under localhost:

7. Save and restart your computer

8. Check the iesnare block works

Find the Windows search box at the bottom left-hand side of the desktop screen and type in ‘cmd’. Open Command Prompt when it appears.

After C:users\owner> type in ping

Here is what you should see:

Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Mac: How to block iesnare in 7 steps

1. Open Terminal

You can search for it in Spotlight or find it under /Applications/Utilities.

search terminal

2. Enter this command

Paste in the following and then hit enter:

sudo cp /private/etc/hosts ~/Documents/hosts-backup

first command

3. Type in administrator password

Type in the administrator password when prompted (this may come after the forth step) and then enter

4. Enter another command

Paste in the following line and hit enter:

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts


5. Paste in following lines

Use the navigation keys to go to the bottom of the host files and add in these lines:


6. Save changes

Hit Control+O followed by Enter to save changes to hosts.

7. Check the iesnare block works

Open Network Utility. You can search for it in Spotlight or find it under /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications.

Go to the Ping tab and type in as the network address to ping. Make sure you don't send an unlimited number of pings and select the option to send only X pings. I changed it to 5.

Here is what you should see:


All done. Remember this is only one measure in protecting yourself from being 'gubbed' from bookmakers - don't forget there are other ways too!

See our forum topic to discuss iesnare.

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