If you’re tired of AdBlock Plus slowing down your browser and you don’t have a spare Raspberry Pi lying around to run Pi-hole, HostsMan is a great alternative that runs on Windows. One way to keep malware and advertisements outside is to block the servers that serve this content. This can be done by adding the IP numbers of these machines into the hosts file and redirect them to ‘localhost’. Updating the hosts is time-consuming and prone to errors, but this is when HostsMan comes into play. This free program can retrieve current lists of websites known to serve advertisements and malware and combine with the existing hosts file. Furthermore, it checks the hosts file for incorrect, duplicate or malicious entries. It also features a built-in editor and can be used to empty the DNS cache.
Download link: http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman
Unlike AdBlock Plus, however, HostsMan doesn’t make it obvious which hosts file sources you subscribe to. Enabling all of them sounds like a good idea, but doing so hoses some functionality such as social sharing bookmarklets. For information on which sources to use in HostsMan, visit: https://jdrch.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/which-sources-to-use-in-hostsman/
Also, for a comparison of AdBlock Plus and HostsMan, visit: https://jdrch.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/the-best-way-to-block-ads-adblock-plus-vs-a-custom-hosts-file-hostsman/