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Greetings,

Unfortunately the HOSTS files and databases at hosts-file.net are no longer being maintained, however Malwarebytes does make available the free Malwarebytes Browser Guard for Chromium based browsers (for example Chrome, the new MS Edge Chromium, SRWare Iron, Opera etc.) as well as Mozilla Firefox.  It blocks ads, trackers, scams, malware and many other online threats.  If you are a user of Malwarebytes Premium then you also benefit from the Web Protection function which blocks malicious sites and servers for the entire system and it also works with Malwarebytes Browser Guard.

You may also find the information in this topic to be beneficial if you seek tools and information on keeping your system free of malware.

I hope this helps and if there is anything else we might assist you with please let us know.

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Hi,

Too bad the lists are no longer shared. Is malwarebytes feeding to any other published hosts files?

Thanks,

W.

PS: Using closed source solutions to keep you safe is a contradiction in term. So, no thanks, I will not be using malwarebytes software for any purpose.

 

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5 hours ago, Wiggum said:

Is malwarebytes feeding to any other published hosts files?

No it is not.

 

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6 hours ago, Wiggum said:

PS: Using closed source solutions to keep you safe is a contradiction in term. So, no thanks, I will not be using malwarebytes software for any purpose.

Of course you have the right to your own opinion, however I must strongly disagree on this point.  No commercial antivirus or anti-malware vendors make their products open source, though Malwarebytes always has provided threat detection and removal for free, and of course Malwarebytes Browser Guard is being offered for free as well.  Whether or not you choose to use any or none of the provided solutions is up to you, however I would be curious as to what, if any security software (AV, firewall etc., if any) you are running which is open source, because I am not aware of too many other than Clamwin/ClamAV and a handful of others based on the same source.

Additionally, Malwarebytes Browser guard displays block information in its menu/icon and also displays a redirect page when blocking a connection to a website that is blocked by its rules and you are able to add any sites you choose to its allow list (the same goes for the Web Protection function in Malwarebytes), so if anything is blocked which you do not want to be, you can easily allow/exclude it so you still have full control over what it does and does not block.  Malwarebytes Browser Guard also includes settings for each individual category of detection type so that you may modify its behavior in any number of ways to control what types of content it will and will not block.

I would also mention that while I have long been an advocate and user of large HOSTS files as an additional layer of defense (my last HOSTS file had nearly 1 million entries in it; the result of compiling numerous public HOSTS files and block lists along with many additions of my own), I no longer use one as I have found that not only are they not updated nearly as frequently as is required to stay on top of the latest threats, ads or any other such content which changes over time (especially now with the bad guys swapping domains rapidly and even using semi-randomly named variants to evade such block lists; something the behavior based blocking capabilities which are only possible within the browser itself via an extension and have been developed as components of Malwarebytes Browser Guard can overcome), but also that Windows 10 does not allow easily disabling the DNS Client service which means the system and connection may be brought to a crawl if a large enough HOSTS file is used.  Of course if the HOSTS file you are using isn't too large then it shouldn't make too much difference keeping the service enabled; I just know that I've always had to disable it on my own systems due to the enormous size of the HOSTS file I was using.

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