Re: Hosts File For Ad Blocking

Quentin Christensen

There are a few different options around.  I've been using a hosts file from: for awhile now and it seems to work well.

As for whether to use a hosts file or ad-blocking software, I'd say the considerations of each are:

Ad blocking software:
- Need to check accessibility of interface
- Should be able to update automatically to keep abreast of new ad services / threats
- Usually running all the time so may have an impact on performance.

Hosts file:
- Need to update manually (either adding items in by hand, or at least downloading a new version of the hosts file from your chosen source)
- It involves editing a text file, so no accessibility issues to worry about.
- not a running program, so no performance impact
- Possibility to be reset by things like Windows updates

If you want something that's constantly updated and don't mind it sitting in the taskbar, an ad-blocker is probably a good way to go.  If you like tinkering yourself or minimising the amount of running programs, a hosts file could be the way to go.



On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM, Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:
On rereading the message, I see I misunderstood what it does.  I haven't looked at the actual file itself so I don't know how many domains are blocked.  It's more effective than I originally thought.  What I don't know is whether it's better to use the host file or an ad blocker. 
----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Hosts File For Ad Blocking

It doesn't just block Google ads.  It blocks ads from any domain in the hosts file.
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Hosts File For Ad Blocking

That only blocks Google ads.  Google ads make up a lot of advertising, but hardly all. 
----- Original Message -----

From: Mike B.
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 2:45 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Hosts File For Ad Blocking

Hi All,
I would like to get some feedback on the following message, & opinions from anyone that is using this method of blocking ads.  All input will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks much.
There is a very elegant way to block ads that requires no additional
software.  This works on a mac and pc and likely linux/unix but I have no
direct knowledge of the latter.  It also works to block any unwanted web
source.  Google for "hosts ads" and there is a ton of information.

This page explains how for a mac:

Here for a pc:

The "hosts" file used in both can be found here, it is updated about once
a month:

Take care.  Mike.  Go Dodgers!
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