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Somebody can explain the difference between using the "list of blocked addresses" and the hosts file?

Wireshark & TCPview using URL Address Management (monitoring Firefox automatic startup connection):
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Wireshark & TCPview using hosts (0.0.0.0):
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Ping results using URL Address Management and hosts:eset_vs_hosts.png.ccb47ae407682abc829460aff0d653b7.png

 

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Blocking via the url management works on the application filtering level, ie. ICMP is not blocked and ping works. You'd need to block the appropriate IP address in a firewall to achieve the same effect as if a host is blocked via the hosts file.

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Thank you for the clarification. Since most are cdn's and blocking those IP ranges will adversely affect websites and component updates it's better if I compile the hosts file.

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