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Offline Avastfan1

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« on: July 25, 2011, 06:26:20 PM »
Dear Forum,

How do you protect your host file?

Do you use MVPS hosts file?

I would appreciate any suggestions!

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Re: host file
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 06:32:37 PM »
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Re: host file
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 06:33:02 PM »
1. How do you protect your host file?

2. Do you use MVPS hosts file?

1. See my sig. ;)
2. No.
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Re: host file
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011, 06:56:47 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

Asyn: Where in your signature is the host protection software/programme?
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Re: host file
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011, 07:10:25 PM »
Asyn: Where in your signature is the host protection software/programme?

Well, all listed programs work together (layered)... ;)
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Re: host file
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011, 07:13:49 PM »
But you have no specific programme or software dedicated to protecting the host file?
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Re: host file
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 07:15:41 PM »
But you have no specific programme or software dedicated to protecting the host file?

No, why should I..??
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Re: host file
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2011, 07:22:30 PM »
Or just right click the file and set as read only

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Re: host file
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2011, 07:38:31 PM »
Whoa! I downloaded Hostman and chose to update 'MVPS' and 'hphosts'.

Big mistake.

Host file grew to around 5.7 megabytes, and my computer slowed to a crawl :-(
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Re: host file
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2011, 08:23:49 PM »
I've never tried Hostman so can't verify your problems with it.

My method:
I download the MVPS HOSTS file directly, edit it with a text editor to include my own custom blocks, and save it to the proper location. Then I set the attribute to Read Only in properties. I believe that's sufficient protection. I've never had a problem.
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Re: host file
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2011, 08:57:50 PM »
Spywareblaster has a section under tools called Hosts Safe. This makes an encrypted backup of the hosts file that can be restored if there's a problem.
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Re: host file
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2011, 08:59:57 PM »
@Avastfan1: As you're using ABP - You can also subscribe to Malware Domains. ;)
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Re: host file
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2011, 09:48:20 PM »
Thank you all again for the useful tips.

I also downloaded MVPS and copied it manually to the host file. PC seems to run fine with it.

@Asyn: I currently subscribe to EasyList. I will have a look at Malware Domains. Nice one.
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Re: host file
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2011, 09:51:22 PM »
Thank you all again for the useful tips.

I also downloaded MVPS and copied it manually to the host file. PC seems to run fine with it.

@Asyn: I currently subscribe to EasyList. I will have a look at Malware Domains. Nice one.

You're welcome..!
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Re: host file
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2011, 10:34:07 PM »
Subscribed to it. Have to see whether there is a noticeable slowdown in web speed.
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