Example – the following entry 0.0.0.0 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 to open a separate connection on the webpage you are viewing, record your movements then yes … follow you to additional sites you may visit.
Using a well designed HOSTS file can speed the loading of web pages by not having to wait for these ads, annoying banners, hit counters, etc. to load. This also helps to protect your Privacy and Security by blocking sites that may track your viewing habits, also known as “click-thru tracking” or Data Miners. Simply using a HOSTS file is not a cure-all against all the dangers on the Internet, but it does provide another very effective “Layer of Protection”.
In case you’re wondering … this all happens in microseconds, which is much faster than trying to fetch a file from half way around the world. Another great feature of the HOSTS file is that it is a two-way file, meaning if some parasite does get into your system (usually bundled with other products) the culprit can not get out (call home) as long as the necessary entries exist. This is why it’s important to keep your HOSTS file up to Date. Get notified of MVPS HOSTS updates.
Special Note: new Windows 10 users … the MVPS Hosts file installs just fine, no need to make any changes.
Simply follow the instructions for Windows 10/8
MVPS HOSTS includes entries for most major parasites, hijackers and unwanted Adware/Spyware programs!
Started providing a HOSTS file in 1998 … and now celebrating 20 yrs. proudly still the #1 rated HOSTS file on Google …
|To view the HOSTS file in plain text form. (428 kb) (opens in new browser)|
Note: The text version also makes a terrific searchable reference for determining possible unwanted connections.
Download: hosts.zip [right-click – Select: Save Target As] [Updated April-08-2019]