I tried the new one, but it was no where near as good as the older Lavasoft AdAware. However, I don't trust Lavasoft since they got bought out in January.
At least the old Spybot did block many cookies that you just don't need on your machine. I wasn't aware it had a host file, but it blocks a lot of troublesome ads that used to try loading malware on my honeypot lab.
I always like the old SaferNetworking Tea Timer resident, but I agree, that it is old and tired and badly in need of modernization. The new release candidate, is apparently NOT free. As the trial ran out, my only recourse was to either donate or go back to the old SS&D!!
I just don't feel it is good enough for a donation anymore.
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