New version! - An automatic hosts file import, deduplicate/normalize, & sorter for custom hosts file generation + a hosts management system (that's a self-contained single multithreaded executable file created in Borland Delphi XE2 32-bit &/or 64-bit code) that runs on Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/VISTA/Windows 7/Server 2008 (possibly beyond):
INSTALL - Extract its self-extracting installer from the zipfile 1st. Then run the self extractor, extracting its files to ANY folder you like (usually one you create for it, doesn't matter where, but you MUST run it as administrator for FULL functionality (simple & the "read me" tab shows how easy THAT is to do via rightclick shortcut properties "advanced" section)). Then make the admin rights ready shortcut to either the 32-bit model or the 64-bit model and run it.
Custom hosts files gain me the following list of benefits (Summary of where custom hosts files are extremely useful):
- Protect you vs. known malicious sites/servers (beyond malicious adbanners: See 2-6 next)
- Protect you vs. fastflux using botnet attacks + stop their communications back to their C&C servers
- Protect you vs. dynamic dns using botnet attacks + stop their communications back to their C&C servers
- Protect you vs. DGA/domain generation algorithm using botnet attacks + stop their communications back to their C&C servers
- Protect you vs. downed DNS servers (adds reliability)
- Protect you vs. DNS redirect poisoned dns servers
- Protect you vs. DNS Amplification attacks
- Get you past a dnsbl (dns block list) you may not agree with
- Added "anonymity": Keeping you off dns request logs
- Block trackers
- Block spam mails sources
- Block phishing mails sources
- Speed you up for websurfing not only by adblocking but also hardcoding favorite sites
- Truly UNIVERSAL PROTECTION for ANY webbound application (think stand-alone email programs, for example & since any OS, even on smartphones, usually has a BSD drived IP stack).
- Give you direct, easily notepad/texteditor controlled data for all of the above
- More screen "real estate" (since no more adbanners appear onscreen eating up CPU, Memory, & other forms of I/O too - bonus!).
- Custom hosts files work on ANY & ALL webbound apps (browser plugins do not).
- Custom hosts files offer a better, faster, more efficient way, & safer way to surf the web
- Hosts files do all of those things above & block ads (better than addons) more efficiently in cpu cycles + memory usage https://blog.mozilla.org/nnethercote/2014/05/14/adblock-pluss-effect-on-firefoxs-memory-usage/
APK Hosts File Engine - 64bit software