Thursday, November 26, 2015

MVPS HOSTS File Update November-26-2015

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [November-26-2015]

Note: Windows 10 users ... the HOSTS file installs with no issues ...

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How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file

HOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questions

Note: the "text" version (499 kb) makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections ...

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  1. I notice MSN seems to be using some form of dynamic server IP creation for their Ad links. In the current HOSTS file, is blocked but I have seen 1915378, 37001064, 31418 and others used as prefixes. If this means they have potentially access to create 37 million (or more) dynamic addresses, how do we cope with that? And if that is the case, how long before other ad services adopt the same principle? Will that instantly make the HOSTS file redundant?

    It's a worrying sign for something I thought was one of the best forms of malware protection we had, if that's the case.

    1. The prefixes you see are randomly created by MSN. Each of those prefixes are only used on the site you are visiting at the time ...

      As for other ad services ... a few have tried, but it's not cost effective (random prefixes)

      No the HOSTS file will not become redundant ...