Re: they can still bung cookies and images at you.
They can do that whatever you do: remember how much the EU legislation made? That's right, there's now just an annoying popup telling you that they've set cookies whether you like it or not and, no, you don't get to opt out, you just get to click the 'x' to make the popup go away.
The best one I used to use was Cookie Monster but that's gone the way of the dodo. Now the best solution I've found is uMatrix - although I couldn't say it were as effective as CM was.
I could do with a copy of your hosts file!