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How's the lookup performance? Although I suppose it's not much of a concern these days...unless you're dealing with very old/sluggish systems.

I used to have a huge hosts file to block ads. Last year or so I switched to Pi-Hole. I run it on a tiny Linux VM running 24/7 (it was designed for--obviously enough--a Raspberry Pi), and only have to set the DNS on my networked machines router to point to it.

Couple of benefits over maintaining a huge hosts file:
  • Getting the updates maintained by the community is a one-liner (you can of course maintain your own blacklist/whitelist)
  • No need to duplicate the file on all your machines every time there's an update
  • Being done in one common location, it also blocks ads on devices that don't otherwise easily let you edit a hosts file or equivalent, like iOS/Android-based phones/tablets
  • If you really need to, you can temporarily disable the whole thing
  • Extensive logs and stats (this is where you find out the extent to which Windows 10 is chatty).
I'm not affiliated with that project in any way, shape or form. I only became an instant fan.
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