Whew... been popping together customized HOSTS files since, oh... 1997-1998 or thereabouts.
APK how long have you been doing this hole project. yes i call it a project because you are still in the stages of putting this together. but honestly how long have you been working on this project. :glasses7:
@ First, for SPEED only, by blocking out adbanner servers...
Yes - this DID 'tick off' some webmasters though, but, I like anyone else, including webmasters & other surfers like myself, have expenses, including line time online via your internet provider... l
(Loading adbanners only CUTS INTO that speed you pay for, & that alone justified doing that on my part - this 'caught on' a lot more around 2004 or so, with others doing this as well such as MVPS.org & their HOSTS file as well)...
Secondly/later, for SECURITY:
Anyhow, around 2001-2002 I started filling my HOSTS files with blocking bad sites (then seeing others do it as well, such as Spybot "Search & Destroy")... that's when I started REALLY 'digging into' the area of PC security.
Before THAT though (going a BIT off track)?
I did the FIRST "guide" online for both SPEED & SECURITY for NTCompatible.com around 1998 or so...
It 'took off' & did well, but that was "VERSION 1.x" of my "IRON MAN ARMOR ONLINE" lol, as I call it, & like Tony Stark's FIRST armor?
It was a prototype... did well, & got imported to NeoWin.com & was rated well:
... only thing is?
It only took you to a 67-75 score on CIS Tool (a benchmark of security)...
Then, I did the Guide in this forums (& on 20 others on the web) in late 2007:
Was only after seeing so many folks getting burned by viruses & such on the job, it was just time to help out the online community... they've helped ME before, like these guys have & are for example.
(It was my "New Year's Resolution" to "DO A GOOD DEED")
... & it was repaid me many times over, the guide's going strong @ over 250,000++ views with many folks happy using it, on 20 sites or so, & 15 of them made it an:
- 1.) ESSENTIAL GUIDE
- 2.) STICKY/PINNED THREAD
- 3.) MOST VIEWED
- 4.) 5-5 STAR RATED
- 5.) Getting me PAID $100 (which I wasn't even aware they did that stuff here) @ PCPitstop January 2008...
etc., & it will take you to a 85/91-100 score on CIS Tool... thus, I call it my "Iron Man Armor Online" VERSION 2.0... lol!
Anyhow/anyways... the program I use for this ( "APK HOSTS FILE GRINDER 4.0++" ) that I wrote up for it?
It's a supplement to ALL that. HOSTS files, work, you know this.
So - Around late 2002-2003, iirc?
I built my FIRST "iron man armor" (lol) in a HOSTS file manager, & it sucked... I'll admit it.
(I must have been 'out of it' because it was SO slow (I used what is called a 'brute force' search, which is FINE for smallish HOSTS files, but slower than frozen tar on large ones)).
That's when I started building the engines for the latest one I have pictured in this thread... probably early 2007/late 2006.
(Taking my time about it, because MOST folks don't realize or KNOW what a HOSTS file is, or, what it can do to help speed them up, OR protect them as well (go faster, & safer, via 1 single file, that acts as a SINGLE POINT OF CONTROL for every app there is that is webbound... not just browsers, but email or any program that contacts the worldwide web really)).
Seemed "efficient"... For instance, in coding?
You do NOT repeat or reinvent the same routine over & over, because it is HARD to maintain that... you make a SINGLE POINT OF CODE CONTROL, called a function usually... & call THAT, from wherever you need it. When you need to CHANGE it? You don't have to track 50 diff. spots... only 1!
I then started seeing that adbanner servers had malware in them, & even the likes of Microsoft got 'burned' by it as well.
Then, I figured:
"OK, this is starting to be serious, & additionally justifies my blocking out adbanners"
... & then, I got wind of "bad sites" online!
(Which 'boggled my mind' because these idiots who do that are no better than say, Dr. Victor Frankenstein & we all know what his Monster did to he, but more importantly, his friends & family - which makes ME wonder, wtf these misguided fools are thinking: Don't they realize their "monsters" can harm THEIR friends & family too (those who they don't warn or protect that is))?
... & FINALLY? Well - I got wind of Stopbadware.org & Dancho Danchev's blogsite around 2005 & the rest? Is "history"...
* &, here we are now, attempting to 'trim this HOSTS file' so that no valid servers are blocked in it (this HOSTS is composed from many sources is why, some make mistakes etc.)...
P.S.=> The logic here using HOSTS? Seemed to myself @ least, the same... a SINGLE point of control, for every webbound app.
Their internal protective mechanisms (OPERA filter.ini, FireFox NoScript, IE Restricted Zones) are added layers/locks ontop of it.
This is WHY I feel it is a SUPERIOR method vs. say, even Opera's native built in "Filter.ini/URLFilter.ini", or, FireFox's "NoScript" even... they, for example, don't cover IE, or ONE ANOTHER EITHER!
... but, IE does have restricted zones in the registry you can populate for this (so you know/some FYI).
Thus, instead of using MULTIPLE solutions for every program? I use 1...
The others? Yes, I use them... but, only as ADDED LAYERS OF PROTECTION... bust up my HOSTS file, for instance? You still have to deal with Opera, FireFox, & IE's layers too.
I believe in "layered security"... period.
I.E.-> It's like putting MULTIPLE locks on your doors @ home: Bust thru the door handle lock, you have another one in the deadbolt... bust that too? There is a chain lock... etc. et al... I think you get my point.
Same with SOFTWARE firewalls: 1 of the FIRST things virus & spywares do, is shut those down... along with antivirus &/or antispyware programs running resident as services, drivers, & in your tooltray.
I supplement those with IP Security Policies, NAT firewalling hardware routers, & Port Filtering
E.G.-> Bust down my firewall?
YOU still have the others to contend with... manage to shut those down (hard to do, harder than disabling a firewall in code imo)? HOSTS gets in the way, when these 'bad programs' call out to their botnet control servers, etc. et al... apk