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Post by noorismail on 18/9/2010, 07:47

For years I used SpyBots immunization feature,that added a huge list of sites to the default Windows Host file.
I have since left SpyBot,but still keep SpyWareBlaster,which performs a similar function via the registry.

I still see people using the 3rd party host files such as MVPS.

When I tried installing these,I found a distinct slow down,even with the DNS Client service disabled as recommenced.

Does anyone here use a third party host file?
Is the technology still worthwhile?

And if you do use one,do you experience any slowdown?

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Re: 3rd party Hosts Files?

Post by ssj100 on 19/9/2010, 08:39

I used to use both Spybot's immunization feature together with SpywareBlaster. Once I started using Sandboxie (and NoScript), I couldn't see much point in continuing to use them.

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Re: 3rd party Hosts Files?

Post by noorismail on 19/9/2010, 11:21

Thanks ssj.
The main reason I keep SpywareBlaster,is it is my understanding that deleting the program,does not remove the registry entries it sets.
It just prevents them from being added to,or updated.
I do not know where they are stored in the registry,or if they can be deleted en masse,or only one at a time.
It sounds like they may be legacy type keys that would require raising the permission for each one.
So I just leave it on the hard disc.
I update it monthly when I come out of Sandboxie and ShadowMode
for patch Thursday.

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Re: 3rd party Hosts Files?

Post by DarthTrader on 21/9/2010, 18:51

You can use the MVPS HOSTS file and still leave the DNS Client service running if you optimize the HOSTS file as described here:
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/optimize-windows-hosts-file/

You can download the HostsOptimizer from Softpedia:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Network-Information/HostsOptimizer.shtml
Let us know if this works for you.

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Re: 3rd party Hosts Files?

Post by noorismail on 22/9/2010, 05:39

Thank you very much Darth Trader!
I tried "HostMan",along with MVPS host file,
but not HostsOptimizer.

I will give it a go!!

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