Hi SaraDownload and Install a HOSTS File
A Hosts file is a plain text file which prevents your computer from inadvertently connecting to malware, spyware and adware sites by redirecting the connection request back to your own machine address (127.0.0.1). It is a very effective defense system. If you are part fo a business network, if you are on AOL, or if you use Norton to scan e-mail, be sure to read the special instructions in the tutorial below..
Be sure to disable the service DNS Client FIRST
to allow the use of large HOSTS files without slowdowns.
If this isn't done first, the next reboot may take a VERY LONG TIME. This is how to do it. First be sure you are signed in as a user with administrative privileges:Stop and Disable the DNS Client Service
Download BlueTack's HOSTS Manager
- Go to Start, Run and type Services.msc and click OK.
- Under the Extended Tab, Scroll down and find this service. DNS Client
- Right-Click on the DNS Client Service.
- Choose Properties
- Select the General tab.
- Click on the Stop button.
- Click the Arrow-down tab on the right-hand side at the Start-up Type box.
- From the drop-down menu, click on Manual
- Click the Apply tab, then click OK
here, using Internet Explorer:http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php?act=dscript&CODE=showdetails&f_id=5
A short distance down the page in the center, click on the Download
button. Agree to the license. On the next page, to the right side of where it says Download Estimates, right click on the underlined word Hosts Manager choose Save Target As and download the installer Hosts20setup.exe
to your desktop. Double click the Installer on your desktop and let it Install the Hosts Manager
After the installation is complete, click on the Hosts Manager
icon on your desktop. (You can delete the Hosts Switch
icon). When the manager comes up, got to the left pane, click Download
. It will load 80,000 lines or more. When it finishes, also in the left pane, click Replace
, and then Save
. You can use this manager to handle your HOSTS file download, edits, and most any other HOSTS issue.Note:
If you have a firewall, you may have to give permissions at various times to Unlock the present default HOSTS file and install the new one.Thanks peku006