Disable / Block Pinion

Pinion.gg is a gaming advertising service that’s has been popping up on tons of new game servers. You must watch the video and some games if you disable the HTML advertisement in TF2 you can’t join some servers or will be kicked 1st.

Games Pinion Currently Supports

Some servers run a mod that forces you to have HTML MOTDs enabled if you want to play on their servers.  If you disable HTML MOTDs the mod stops you from joining a team as well as generally being annoying by hijacking all your number keys. The reason they do this is because they run Pinion.gg’s video ads in the HTML MOTD.You can block this easily by simply adding the following to your Hosts file:

In Windows, edit C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts (it’s just a text file so you can use Notepad but make sure you run Notepad asAdministrator otherwise you won’t be able to save the file)    motd.pinion.gg

Note: Windows 8 users must exempt the Hosts file from Windows Defender; read this article for details.

On a Mac you can edit /etc/hosts adding the same entry above.

This is completely harmless as all it says is that if your PC tries to connect to motd.pinion.gg that the IP is which is your PC’s local address.  So instead of loading ad HTML the connection will just fail.


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Cory Fiala

Technology and outdoor enthusiast. Anything from desktops to servers with a side of mountain biking and skiing. Life is good!

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