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Hosts files do plenty of things for a PC's security, as APK pointed out in post 51107411 on Slashdot. Can Adblock Plus and other browser extensions do the same? Provide evidence for or against each point listed below.

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;Hosts files protect against unicorn attacks.
:Yes. It protects your map app from DoS attacks on the server hosting observations of unicorn herds' movements. ~~~~

Hosts files protect against malware sites, not just ads.
Hosts files protect against wikipedia:fast flux botnets and stop their communication with C&C.
Hosts files protect against dynamic DNS botnets and stop their communication with C&C.
Hosts files protect against botnets using a domain generation algorithm (DGA) and stop their communication with C&C.
Hosts files provide a backup in case a site's DNS goes down for extra reliability.
Hosts files protect against DNS redirect poisoning.
Hosts files protect against tracking.
Hosts files protect against spam.
Hosts files protect against phishing.
Hosts files protect against unwanted downloads of large files that use up your monthly data allowance.
Hosts files help get past DNS blocks imposed by an ISP or national censor.
Hosts files protect against logging of your DNS requests.
A hosts file with a whitelist of your favorite sites at the top followed by a blacklist of known ad and bad sites speeds up surfing.
Works on any platform with a web browser.
Nope. Video game consoles have a web browser, as do unrooted iOS and Android devices, but they don't . On the other hand, most of them don't have browser extensions either apart from Firefox for Android, so it's kind of a wash. --Tepples (talk) 20:17, 19 December 2015 (UTC)
Easy data control
Hosts file ads block ads more efficiently than browser extensions.
Hosts file is processed in the IP stack, which starts before your browser and certainly before
Hosts files protect applications other than your primary web browser.
Adblock Plus uses 65 MB or more of RAM.
More like 128 to 151 MB. Two pages on ghacks confirm it: Adblocker memory consumption | Improved in Firefox 41 but still 65 MB] --APK
The anti-ad-blocking ClarityRay service, acquired by Yahoo!, defeats Adblock Plus but hot hosts files.
Adblock Plus is bribed not to work by default.
Articles show how ad networks pay for inclusion in an "acceptable ads" whitelist and Adblock Plus bought the original AdBlock.
Adblock Plus adds complexity in user mode, increasing the number of context switches in and out of kernel mode, compared to hosts.
Disagree. In theory, a browser extension can handle a request entirely in the browser, without switching out to the kernel's IP stack at all.
Adblock Plus is slower than a hosts file.
Answers to Which leads to faster browsing, an ad blocker or an edited hosts file? by jjlin, March Ho, and others prove it out. --apk
APK Hosts File Engine is worth using.
An employee of MalwareBytes recommends it. --apk