i will check it out.
i think the best (least resource-hungry) would be to update the hosts file only manually. those ad-spammers are inventing new domains all the time, but there's no need to run a daemon for that.
Of course, everything that contains a Google in it's name is safe to remove. Have a look at this.
took me a while to realise i had to install another app to remove system apps.
now i'm happy.
btw, this list you linked, does that mean that other (default install) apps are NOT safe to remove? there was a few that still caught my eye, e.g. that drm-content thing...