Hosts File

About The Hosts File
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2011-06-07
“Every day, millions of people browse the web. They think they are doing so in private. They aren’t. What advertisers don’t want you to know, I will tell you. You are being tracked as you surf the web, right now. Not by me, but by some of the advertisers. They think they have a right to track your surfing habits, under the veil of providing a ‘better’ browsing experience. They claim that, by knowing everything that you look at while you are surfing, they can give you ‘better’ ads. What they don’t tell you is that they also sell information about your habits to third-parties. What they don’t tell you is that they could easily match your browsing profile with your identity. What they don’t tell you, in essence, is that they are violating your privacy.”
Anchor Link HostsMan
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-02-24
Version: 3.2.73 – Released: 2010-02-06 Windows: All
File Size: 1.89 MB
“HostsMan is a freeware application that lets you manage your Hosts file with ease. No Spyware! No Adware! No Viruses! 100% Freeware! Clean and simple. Features:
¤ online update of hosts file;
¤ enable/disable usage of hosts file;
¤ open Hosts file with one click;
¤ merge two hosts files;
¤ built-in hosts editor;
¤ prevent other programs of writing to the hosts;
¤ scan hosts for errors, duplicates and possible hijacks;
¤ find how many host names;
¤ easily install newly downloaded hosts file;
¤ create encrypted backups of your hosts file;
¤ resolve host names;
¤ keep log of latest blocked sites;
¤ etc.”
Anchor Link MVPS Hosts File Stanley’s Pick
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-02
Updated: 2013-04-02 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 137 KB
“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 script or download contained on the web site. The object is to surf faster while preserving your Safety, Security and Privacy.
“Important! Windows Vista and Win7 requires special instructions — see here.”