Originally Posted by Petrah
I also use a custom host file (AdAway, which uses the same custom host file that Ive been using on my PC for many years) to block advertisements and unwanted nasties in the browser. My question though is does the custom host file alone stop the ads from appearing in the notification area?
a hosts file will in general stop loading the advertising message itself, but the biggest problem is that it wont stop your android from booting the pop-up which displays the add. The same problem goes for a custom hosts file on your computer, the pop-ups still appear, only will they display a blank page instead of some spam