I usually copy the URLs in a text, save it just in case i cannot find them when i need them; it's just that this time around, the URL at hand was no longer valid, they took it down or something, so.. my thanks again
So that's why changes wouldn't always take effect! After all these years, lol, i finally know.. thanks for that tip
*Edit: If i may ask a related question, is there any downside to having multiple same entries in the hosts file? Asking because so far i've got my own list (which includes everything the 'ready-made' ones don't have), the windows/microsoft-related list and a general hosts file list, which is huge. Using Ctrl+F to search if a new entry already exists is fine, but when a new.. new.. list is to be added with 294746528 new entries, that's a bit too much for me to check.
Just drop the list into a column in excel and use the Remove Duplicates feature in excel to clean up the repeated entries