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    Default Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File


    Note: from abs...some anti-malware programs have an option to check host files...they need updating @ times...one that comes to mind is Spybot S&D


    What it does ...
    The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at start-up, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local (your) machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.
    You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers.This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems.
    Example - the following entry 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net blocks all files supplied by that DoubleClick Server to the web page you are viewing. This also prevents the server from tracking your movements. Why? ... because in certain cases "Ad Servers" like Doubleclick (and many others) will try silently open on a separate web-page than the web-page you are viewing.
    Editors Note: As time has progressed the focus of this project has changed from just blocking ads/banners to protecting the user from the many parasites that now exist on the Internet. It doesn't serve much purpose if you block the ad banner from displaying as most other HOSTS files do, but get hijacked by a parasite from an evil exploit or download contained on the web site. The object is to surf faster while preserving your safety, security and privacy. [more info]

    Important! Windows Vista requires special instructions see here Important! Windows 7 requires special instructions see here When you run the (mvps.bat) batch file XP users may simply click Run and continue. Once updated you should see that the task was completed. Some users may see a pop-up from certain Security programs about changes to the HOSTS file. Allow the change ... however if you see this pop-up at any other time ... investigate.
    Credits:A Troubleshooting and Security Guide to Windows

    Last edited by abseh1; 05-07-2010 at 01:59 PM. Reason: changed malware to anti-malware programs
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    Another good link

    Online Safety and Privacy Education
    Microsoft Online Safety


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    Another good custom Hosts file. hpHosts Online - Simple, Searchable & FREE!
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