Agree with you, but you can also easily clean it, i supposed you already done it.... perhaps make a cwm with an "empty" host file would also be good for people that do not want the one included (do not forget to apply correct rights).
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- Flash the 126.96.36.199 recovery
- Do a Cwm backup
- Flash the rom you want
- Restore apps from the Cwm backup with titanium backup (function "Extract from Cwm Backup"... perhaps you need the pro version for this)
There is also an other application that can restore apps from a Cwm... do not remember the name at the moment..