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Re: How to block google-analytics
I would like to add that using the hosts file to block sites can cause slower page loading times if you don't have a web server running on localhost. The browser will have to wait for the connect to time out before determining that it cannot load the file. In addition, if you are also blocking ssl.google-analytics.com and are running a local web server then you may experience the same issue unless you also have SSL enabled for the local web server.
Also, if you have a very large hosts file, it can really slow down your machine. I have seen examples of a Windows XP box that was pretty much unusable because the hosts file had tens of thousand of entries. Clearing the hosts file fixed the problem and returned the system to its usual working state. For this reason I recommend Ghostery + Adblock instead.
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Under Win 7 with MVPS Hosts I leave my DNS Client on automatic but flush my DNS every once in a while.
If you've got bags on RAM, the days of disabled DNS in order not to slow your Browser are generally over.
Hosts files with too many parked entries will choke your machine.