Hosts Block is a free program for the Windows operating system that has been designed to protect the hosts file and update it regularly with lists of blocked malicious, adware or spyware domains.
The program has been designed with ease of use in mind.
Simply install it on your Windows PC and it will run quietly in the background for the most part.
The interface displays the current version of the hosts file.There you will notice that it is based on the MVPS Hosts file, and also find the total number of blocked websites of the current list version.All blocked domains are displayed in the interface, and it is there that you may edit entries or add new ones to the listing.The interface works like any other text editor which means that you can edit entries directly or add new ones using the keyboard.The main toolbar lists several options that the program makes available.
There you find options to run an update check, back up the list for safe keeping, or to manage the list of exclusions or custom entries.
Last but not least, commands list several useful options such as flushing the DNS cache, disabling the Windows DNS client, or opening the hosts file directly.
You may also want to check the settings at least once as they provide options to add another list to the hosts file, configure the update frequency or startup behavior.
The second list you can add in the program is the MDL (Malware Domain List) hosts file.
Other options are to change from using 0.0.0.0 to 127.0.0.1 for the blocking, setting the hosts file to read only, or disabling the program's active protection feature that prevents changes to the hosts file that come from outside sources.
There is also an advanced menu that you can use to add custom hosts file.