Re: Hosts file download
From: Moe Trin (ibuprofin_at_painkiller.example.tld)
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 19:44:19 -0500
In the Usenet newsgroup alt.computer.security, in article
<mA8Ce.387$F_2.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Strawbis wrote:
>It will only offer protection against some ads, banners, pop-ups, etc.
if the URLs are coded as hostnames.
>Host files do not protect against malware downloads. They only block known
>(if included) "bad" websites from connecting to your browser\e-mail client
>or exploiting some of the holes therein.
They don't have any effect if the URL is a dotted quad (the actual IP
address, like 220.127.116.11 instead of Coolsearch.biz).
>To summarise: the file is a start, but it's not a magic bullet.
It is a very poor start of quite limited usefulness.
>X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.2527
but then, almost anything is better than nothing.