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Block specific (sub)domains without editing hosts file

  1. #11

    If you point to Localhost or in hosts that should be all that's affected in that domain. Any other should be okay. Is this not what you experience?

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  2. #12 should only be used for localhost.

    To block hostnames instead use

    Using will cause requests on the loopback interface and will need to timeout.
    If you run a webserver or a special proxy locally, you could run into trouble and potentially security problems. has far better performance, and no chance of something hosted locally slipping into a browser or causing other unintended harm.

    I also recommend setting a dummy hostname at the top of the hosts file for to something like "everywhere".

    Most tools that monitor network connections resolve through the hosts file, and when a process which is listening on all interfaces (most do) is listed in the tool, it will inaccurately report that the process is connected to the top most entry for
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  3. #13

    @hydranix - the trick worked! Thank you so much for that!

    Now when I try to connect to e.g., it's no longer working, while with it somehow worked. This might have been some setting within corporate network / my machine config that was overwritting typical behavior when such settings are recorded.
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