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 Post subject: [Updated: 23-07-2015] hpHosts Inclusion Criteria
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:50 am 
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The following is the inclusion policy for hpHosts. Sites submitted for inclusion shall only be accepted if they match one or more of the following.

We accept as valid hosts file candidates:

:arrow: Most ad/tracking servers (see Exemptions) (Classification: ATS)

:arrow: All sites engaged in malware distribution (adware, spyware, viruses etc). (Classification: EMD)

:arrow: All sites engaged in the exploitation of browser and OS vulnerabilities as well as the exploitation of gray-matter (social engineering). (Classification: EXP)

:arrow: All sites engaged in the selling or distribution of bogus or fraudulent software (executable or otherwise), including sites engaged in the selling or otherwise, of fraudulent services and/or products. This classification also covers sites involved in the development, promotion or selling of, comments, likes, ratings, votes or sites variations thereof, on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MyWot, Digg etc. (Classification: FSA)

:arrow: All sites engaged in astroturfing otherwise known as grass roots marketing. (Classification: GRM)

:arrow: Any and all entities that spam the hpHosts forums in any way. In addition to being permanently banned from these forums, and your IP and email address, added to fSpamlist, your site(s) will be added to hpHosts. (Classification: HFS) (unless such sites meet one of the other classifications, in which case, such classification supersedes the HFS classification)

:arrow: All sites engaged in browser hijacking or other forms of hijacking (OS services, bandwidth, DNS, etc.). (Classification: HJK)

:arrow: All spammers sites proven to be engaged in adware, spyware or malware distribution and or browser hijacking. Unless it can be proven, adding spammer sites is a waste of time since they tend to get shut down very quickly. (Classification: EMD, EXP or FSA)

:arrow: All sites engaged in Misleading marketing. (Classification: MMT)

:arrow: All sites engaged in illegal pharma. (Classification: PHA)

:arrow: All sites engaged in Phishing. (Classification: PSH)

:arrow: All sites engaged in the selling, distribution or provision of warez (including but not limited to cracks, keygens, serials etc)*. (Classification: WRZ)


Site's matching the following criteria that do NOT match the above criteria, are exempt from inclusion

:arrow: Non-dedicated ad/tracking domains

Where a domain is not dedicated to adverts, such as;


Except where domain conflicts with above inclusion criteria (e.g. distribution of malware), or domain has content in place purely to try and prevent such classification.

:arrow: Web hosting companies, domain registrars, domain proxies, search engines, URL re-direction services*

Note, this exception is invalidated for ad/tracking/malware related activity. For example, Google AdSense servers would be included, but Google itself would not.

:arrow: Pornographic and spammer website's are only included if such site is found to be distributing malware, exercising the use of browser exploits, hosting of phishing website's, distribution of UAP etc.

We will not facilitate censorship. In other words we will not list sites based upon any form of bigotry or bias including but not limited to moral, national, political, racial or religious bias.

* Warez site's shall be given the WRZ classification except where the site is engaged in malware (i.e. provides "serials" (registration keys) so would be given WRZ, whereas infects the visitors computer aswell as providing warez, so would be given the EXP classification).

Please post any questions or suggestions regarding these criteria in our General Hosts Discussions forum.

These criteria are subject to change without notice.

Steven Burn
I.T. Mate / hpHosts /

Keeping it FREE!

Last edited by MysteryFCM on Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:48 am, edited 9 times in total.
Policy amended - Added PHA, tidied up policy description
Last bumped by MysteryFCM on Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:50 am.

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