For the sake of speeding up webpage loading, I have been tweaking my hosts file. The results are mixed. Some sites which are ad-heavy are far faster, while others seem to stall for a second while the respective blocked domains are loading (e.g. "waiting for statcounter.etc").
It occurred to me that the hosts file sits behind the firewall, so is there a case for transferring the domains listed in the hosts file to the firewall block list and stop the pages before the PC gets a chance to examine them?