Step 1: About Window's HOSTS File
The HOSTS file is a file with IP addresses, corresponding to a domain name, that windows references and bypasses DNS with.
For a more in-depth explanation, please visit Wikipedia's definition:
Step 2: Download Replacement HOSTS File
The MVPS HOSTS file I've used is located here:
Simply save this file to your desktop, temporarily.
(Right-Click, Save Target/Link As..)
Step 3: Navigate to and Backup Default HOSTS File
Here are some of the default locations for the Windows HOSTS file from Wikipedia.
- Linux and other Unix-like operating systems: /etc
- Windows 95/98/Me: %windir%\
- Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista: %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\ is the default location, which may be changed. The actual directory is determined by the Registry key \HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\DataBasePath .
- Mac OS: System Folder:Preferences or System folder (format of the file may vary from Windows and Linux counterparts)
- Mac OS X: /private/etc (uses BSD-style hosts file)
- OS/2 and eComStation: "bootdrive":\mptn\etc\
- Novell Netware: SYS:\ETC
Once you successfully navigate to the HOSTS file, rename is from "HOSTS" to "HOSTS.backup".
Doing this, you will always have a backup of your default HOSTS file if for some reason you want to revert to it.
Step 4: Copy New HOSTS File
After the file is copied, rename it from "HOSTS.txt" to just "HOSTS".
NOTE: You maybe have to edit your folder settings to not "Hide extensions for known file types" by going to Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> Uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types".
Step 5: Finish!
It may take a few minutes for the changes to become active. You may also have to close all internet browser windows.
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