Many akamai.net domain servers in hosts files are also banner ad servers. You might want to consider that Ashen and you also apk. I would suggest removing akamai.net entries as you wish in your own personal hosts files as you want to, individually, but do not remove each akamai.net entry in the hosts files you put here apk, because of this. You can even look inside this hosts files that apk puts here and see that this is the case on akamai.net.
Nice point:I am forced to agree with that.:)GOOD catch, Mckennak... & GOOD reasoning.
The dailyshow will be removed today, &, that one I agree with as well
As to your question here?
Hey - It's possible that in the past they may have turned up an infestation or what-not - It happens!
In fact? I have screenshots & urls' for example, that show 2 fairly reputable sites have this happen!
MajorGeeks being one, & they had that occur a year or two ago (I have a screenshot of this) where they were floating a bad adbanner from some music site (canlimusik.org iirc) that had infection mechanisms in its code...
Another would be arstechnica, & that was reported over @ /. (SLASHDOT) of ALL places (one of their "sister/ally/affiliated" sites, or so I have always thought @ least).
Let me finish this one for you:... CAN ALWAYS USE A DIFFERENT DOWNLOAD SITE (AN ALTERNATE, & THERE ARE USUALLY THESE)...
E.G. (&, specifically for ATI drivers no less)? See here (@ that website alone, there are 5 diff. alternate download areas
, & that's ONLY from 1 location (@ MAJORGEEKS, & they are 1 site of that kind, shareware/freeware, only, of 100's like them out here online, mind you...):http://www.majorgeeks.com/ATI_Catalyst_Drivers_for_Windows_XP_d4038.html
(OR, users can do my OTHER suggestion, conversely: Just edit out the single entry you note for ATI in akamai.net, from their HOSTS files' interior...)
infact alot of people will just go back to files like the biss(bluetak) hosts file since it blocks most adds
I can lead horses to water (that IS better on the security front by FAR no less), but, I can't make them drink it. The ONLY reason I can say mine is better, is that it is:
1.) The BISS/BlueTack file is NOT as efficient, using either 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0 (vs. the 0 blocking IP I use for Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003)
2.) Proofed DAILY vs. known NEW bad sites/servers (is the BISS hosts file updated daily?)
3.) Mine is formed from BISS/BlueTacks, & also every HOSTS file listed @ wikipedia as well & thus, it will be MORE COMPREHENSIVE in protecting one vs. bad sites/servers, AND odds are, also? Contain more adbanners servers to block as well also...:)
Lastly, BISS/BlueTack's HOSTS file isn't worth a damn vs. currently KNOWN threats to you, security-wise (to proof you vs. site/server generated hacks-cracks from said sites)... especially if they aren't adding to it everyday as I have in THIS hosts file.
and dosnt cause you to constantly have to remove stuff to beable to view pages or download drivers for your videocard/cpu/chipset/exct.
Again - there are ALWAYS usually alternate download sites to get files from, OR, you can simply edit out the entry involved in the HOSTS file as seems to be the case with this one here!
(However - In THIS case, as mckenak pointed out, correctly mind you no less? TOO many akamai.net servers ARE ADBANNER SERVERS!
No questions asked...)
Again, there are usually always alternate download sites for a file, OR, just edit out a particular line... usually, I check on the ones you point out & they have proven OK thusfar, but on this one?
I have to make exception, & NOT remove "akamai.net", wholesale... too many of the akamai.net entries in this HOSTS file ARE ADBANNERS SERVERS. per mckenak catching this & making an excellent point no less in doing so above...
P.S.=> In any event, it's off to go put in new entries for know bad sites/servers today from stopbadware.org (as well as new ones that have come up from SpyBot Search & Destroy also) & upload the new model here (sans "the daily show")... apk