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#31 FaeGiN

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:34

hosts file is not meant for website blocking or anything other kind of blocking. when are people going to learn this.

What a pointless comment. It does NOT MATTER what it is MEANT for. The fact is that people are using it for domain blocking ever since MS OS was so useless at security even from a mere ad domain that gives out popups or whatever. People are using it so your concept for people to 'learn' what it is for is hopeless.


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:41

a good, educational read: Blocking Malware and Advertisements Safely

You think that SpywareBlaster is not easy to get around either by malware? All it takes is a change of permissions and then a write to the part of the registry that SpywareBlaster stores the domain list in. Wow. Not difficult.
In fact, exactly as difficult as malware affecting changes to the HOSTS file that you said earlier wasn't safe. If you watch your system and have a few security programs in placer, then yopu are doing better than those who have not. Saying the HOSTS file is not for blocking, based on histroical usage and ... tradition(?!) is silly when your advice is to use a program that pretty much has about as much protection as the HOSTS. Adblock Plus should be installed as standard but it still leaves a lot of (HOSTS blockable) domains out. I find this when I am surfing with the HOSTS disabled.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:43

Personally,
That's a load of crap that ANYTHING would block the ability to block Facebook, whether via host file or other means. I don't care how big and popular that POS site is!!

I don't block Facebook, but also never use it or visit it.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:52

hosts file is not meant for website blocking or anything other kind of blocking. when are people going to learn this.


+1 The hosts file is limited in that it can only block complete domains, Better to do your content filtering on the router or secure gateway & disable the hosts file via the registry so malware cant do a man in the middle attack using it

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:16

Look how big facebook.com is. If some trojan decided to link it to a different IP within the hosts file, thats why it only does some domain names. Malware authors dont care about picsofmygranny.com with its 5 users


Thats sums about it. Of course facebook is an sure URL that 90% would visit for certain. A fake website in the end of it with the HOST File vulnerable would be fantastic to spread.

Nice call MS.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:41

Thats sums about it. Of course facebook is an sure URL that 90% would visit for certain. A fake website in the end of it with the HOST File vulnerable would be fantastic to spread.

Nice call MS.


Of course, they COULD be smarter about it and check the address being redirected TO. If it's to localhost, leave it be.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:50

Malware authors dont care about picsofmygranny.com with its 5 users


You mean the porn site? :-p

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:36

block it in your router then if you really don't want it... my router has a thing you can block by url or even keywords.... give that a shot and see if that helps....

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:55

Facebook should be blocked automatically as the 'default' 'in any OS, upon install, and left to the user to decide whether to unblock.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 14:50

Facebook should be blocked automatically as the 'default' 'in any OS, upon install, and left to the user to decide whether to unblock.

Yup, it makes perfect sense to block one of the primary reasons for owning a computer to people who don't work with computers and force everyone to either find out where to unblock it, or go through a wizard on first install to unblock it.

GENUIS.

I do hope you're trolling...

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:02

block it in your router then if you really don't want it... my router has a thing you can block by url or even keywords.... give that a shot and see if that helps....


That's what I would do too, if I wanted to block it. I still find it hard to believe you can't use the host file to easily do this in Windows 8.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:09

Yup, it makes perfect sense to block one of the primary reasons for owning a computer to people who don't work with computers and force everyone to either find out where to unblock it, or go through a wizard on first install to unblock it.

GENUIS.

I do hope you're trolling...


One of the primary reasons for owning a computer is Facebook? lol!! I think not :laugh: For the sake of one's security, it should be blocked permanently and forgotten about, so no, not trolling, I'm serious :)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:12

That's what I would do too, if I wanted to block it. I still find it hard to believe you can't use the host file to easily do this in Windows 8.


like other said, mabye becuase of attacks or someone was paid off... LOL... but still they should give users the choice....

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:13

^ I'd go for paid off.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:13

yep :(