While the benefits of having an active Internet connection can hardly be overstated, browsing online resources can sometimes have significant negative repercussions on users. From nagging pop-ups to adware and even malware, all these elements can disrupt one's online experience and even damage the system configuration. To avoid such situations, Hosts Block offers a simple and practical protective solution.
The lightweight program is very simple to use and absolutely no advanced knowledge is required to employ it. Specifically, the application works by updating the Windows default hosts file with external information on potential online threats.
When browsing online, these domain entries are automatically blocked by Windows, thus allowing one an ad-free Internet experience. What's more, the program can also be configured to load MDL hosts files, thus extending its protection to more serious threats, such as malware.
Once launched, the application will automatically locate and update the default the hosts file. The domain mapping text document is then loaded with all the received online resources, a setup that can cause the local file to quickly jump from just a few entries to more than ten thousand blocked items.
One of the notable features of the utility is the ability to update the hosts file automatically every eight hours, thus ensuring users are constantly protected against new threats. By default, the lightweight tool also starts with Windows, a setup that can be adjusted in the “Options” window.
Summing up, Hosts Block is a highly practical solution for protecting against various online threats, as it allows its users to update the local hosts file with thousands of new entries; security can further be tightened by loading MDL items and the utility can be made to start automatically with Windows.