All Windows versions allow you to use a Hosts file as a way to block ad-serving and malware-infested sites.
Although it’s possible to use Hosts files for that purpose, there are good reasons not to. Here’s how they work and why they’re impractical for most PC users.
Using an aging security concept to block sites
Reader John has used Hosts files in the past and would like to use them again on Windows 8.
- “Is there anything similar to MVPS [site] Hosts files for Win8? I really miss all the junk-blocking it did.”
Glad you asked, John! The Hosts file question comes up just about every time a new Windows version is released. In fact, I remember discussing Hosts files back in the Win98 days — in the original LangaList!
Yes, Win8 (like all previous Windows versions) can still use a Hosts file for blocking suspect or malicious sites. I’ll even show you how, in a moment. First, however, let me review why I thought using Hosts files was a bad idea back in the Win98 days — and still is today.
Once you have all the facts, you can decide for yourself.