There are several Host file modifications very similar to Spybot's, tntmax
and the use of any of them is recommended. Heartily.
I happen to use Spybot's, and in fact I use and appreciate several of the tools & settings offered in the program.
IE-SPYAD is another Host file revision, and there are others available also.
The fact that bad sites are discovered (proven) on a daily basis makes it
part of good habits to secure against not only phishing but the other annoyances and/or threats that are "available" at blocked sites.
Updated signatures to include these irritating sites is one consideration
when you decide to use a Host file blocking technique.
Spybot updates regularly, and I believe IE-Spyad does, also.
A couple more comments...
IE may become the browser of "second choice" when you use Firefox,
but it remains on the windows OS and as such, really should be kept as secure
as you can make it.
Host lists improve security by disallowing security risk sites from being
accessed and that works also to avoid those particular popup ads sources.
Little bits here and there combine to provide overall satisfaction once again in the
Popup blocking provided by google toolbar(s) helps IE perform better.
Firefox has excellent popup blocking.
Using a firewall also provides improvement.
So, I guess I'm long-winded in saying YES... use Spybot's list.
Edited by phawgg, 08 February 2005 - 03:23 AM.