performance impact of large /etc/hosts files

Warren Block wblock at
Wed Dec 12 08:09:58 PST 2007

On Wed, 12 Dec 2007, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> If you still see unwanted content, just add a line and it will be gone during 
> your next visit.

Like AdBlockPlus, only more work.

> The beauty is, Internet feels still faster then before.

Like AdblockPlus.

> It has one advantage over all those ad removal tools. It filters what I do 
> not like. It has nothing to do with censorship, it just gets rid of all the 
> crap hanging around on every corner of a web page trying to sell you anti 
> virus software or larger dicks.

Like AdblockPlus.  What is the one advantage?

There are some differences: AdblockPlus removes the ads and lets the 
browser use the space, rather than showing broken pages.  And you can 
customize blocked sites differently for different users.  And you can 
easily disable it.  And it doesn't impact the whole system, just the 
browser.  And you can block on regexes, so you don't need hundreds of 
entries to block the big ad farms.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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