Stopping the parasites being downloaded

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One way of stopping the parasites that infest your computer is by using a hosts file as described here
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, cookies, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the Server that supplies these little gems. Example - the following entry 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net blocks all files supplied by the DoubleClick Server to the web page you are viewing. This also prevents the server from tracking your movements.

Now includes most major parasites, hijackers and unwanted Search Engines!

In many cases this can speed the loading of web pages by not having to wait for these ads, banners, hit counters, etc. to load. This also helps to protect your Privacy by blocking servers that track your viewing habits, known as "click-thru tracking".
 
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Nice idea, but could you explain how this method differs from the likes of SpywareBlaster, Spybot and SpywareGuard, alongside a pop-up blocker such as google toolbar, or one built into the browser?

You suggest hosts file as one option, but would you advise to use all these methods of protecton at the same time?
 

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The hosts file with the correct entries actually prevents you getting to the offending sites so you cannot physically download anything from them if you can't get to them

It works well in conjunction with the other methods because unfortunately many parasites are auto downloaded from otherwise good sites.

The hosts file is useful for blocking ads. and for blocking many porn or dodgy search engines

if you read the bumph on the link above it sets out fairly clearly what the file does and how it helps
 
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