Query Regarding Blocking IP and URLs in Hosts and Firewall Rules in Windows 10

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Windows Fan, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. Windows Fan

    Windows Fan MDL Senior Member

    Mar 6, 2012

    I want to ask one question about blocking telemetry in Windows 10 via Hosts file and Firewall.

    If we use software like DWS, W10Privacy (from winprivacy.de) and Spybot Anti-Beacon and use the options to add IPs and URLs in Hosts file and firewall, will it cause any side-effect?

    I mean all these software add their own set of IPs and URLs in Hosts file and Windows Firewall rules and what will happen if duplicate entries are added in Hosts file and Firewall rules? Will it cause any problem or is it OK?

    Should we use different software to add the blocking IPs and URLS or is there any specific software sufficient which adds all required IPs and URLs in Hosts file and Firewall rules?

    Any kind of help will be highly appreciated.
  2. Shayne

    Shayne MDL Addicted

    Jul 31, 2009
    It maybe helpful to start and read at bit here and run through it yourself instead of the software you mention making those decisions for you.

    Windows Firewall Configuration - Truly Block EVERYTHING...


    and if you have any questions it maybe helpful to ask question in those specific threads. After you block IP's in peerblock (Daz end of OP second link) and firewall (CODYQX4) the host file may be a bit redundant.