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Hosts File Company: -- Author: Mike Burgess (Freeware) Windows OS: Windows Languages: English

Description: The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is it's ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, as long the the entry exists. You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, cookies, web bugs, and even most hijackers. The HOSTS file now includes most major parasites, hijackers and unwanted Search Engines! In many cases this can speed the loading of web pages by not having to wait for these ads, banners, hit counters, etc. to load. This also helps to protect your Privacy by blocking servers that track your viewing habits, known as "click-thru tracking". Home Page: download v (2006-10-30) [ hosts.zip (118 KB)] http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

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