Can Anyone Tell Me About What Is Use Of Host File ?

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Can anyone tell me about what is use of host file ?

  1. Is this work as Dns ?

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  2. Is this work as resolve name what we want on browser ?

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  1. Amol Dhaygude

    Amol Dhaygude New Member

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    Can anyone tell me about what is use of host file ?
     

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    Welcome to Raymond Forum Amol Dhaygude. perhaps the most common reason, security speaking is to Block Spyware/Ad Networks. I myself use the MVP Hosts updated fairly often. I still use the old Opera 12.17. I don't use any other ad blocking programs, and I never see anything but embedded ads.

    This is relatively old, but still applies for the most part

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/hosts-files-explained/

    And from Seven Forums

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/78266-hosts-file-use-windows-7-vista.html

    A Guy
     
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    The basic use of Hosts file is to system wide blacklist of website. You can block spyware/malware sites like A Guy mentioned, or can block any site you wish.
     
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    Hosts file is used to map hostnames to IP addresses. It takes precedence over your DNS servers.
    1. Redirecting local domains - User can define hostname or domain name for use in the local system.
    2. Internet resource blocking - User can define malicious domains, advertising domains etc. It will redirect requests to another address that does not exist or to a harmless destination (localhost or 127.0.0.1).
     
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    The host file is your first base defense . In the host can be two ways of protecting yourself.
    1. Privacy- since windows have big problem with this and communicate with Microsoft every second your pc is on you can open the host file by : startmenu (search) >notepad(right click administrator)> then you go C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts and paste this
    127.0.0.1 msftncsi.com
    127.0.0.1 131.107.255.255
    127.0.0.1 dns.msftncsi.com
    0.0.0.0 vortex.data.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
    0.0.0.0 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
    0.0.0.0 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
    0.0.0.0 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
    0.0.0.0 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 choice.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 choice.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
    0.0.0.0 df.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 services.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 sqm.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 watson.ppe.telemetry.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 telemetry.appex.bing.net
    0.0.0.0 telemetry.urs.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 telemetry.appex.bing.net:443
    0.0.0.0 settings-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 survey.watson.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 watson.live.com
    0.0.0.0 watson.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 statsfe2.ws.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 corpext.msitadfs.glbdns2.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 compatexchange.cloudapp.net
    0.0.0.0 cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net
    0.0.0.0 a-0001.a-msedge.net
    0.0.0.0 statsfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
    0.0.0.0 sls.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
    0.0.0.0 fe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
    0.0.0.0 msnbot-65-55-108-23.search.msn.com
    0.0.0.0 65.39.117.230
    0.0.0.0 a23-218-212-69.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com
    0.0.0.0 134.170.30.202
    0.0.0.0 137.116.81.24
    0.0.0.0 diagnostics.support.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 corp.sts.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 pre.footprintpredict.com
    0.0.0.0 a-0001.a-msedge.net
    0.0.0.0 a23-218-212-69.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com
    0.0.0.0 i1.services.social.microsoft.com
    0.0.0.0 i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
    0.0.0.0 feedback.windows.com
    0.0.0.0 feedback.microsoft-hohm.com
    0.0.0.0 feedback.search.microsoft.com

    2.Anti hijack spyware malware prime firewall
    There are programs that will lock and use this file. Such as
    Spybot Search & Destroy 2.4
    As you open the program you can update the database. And then use the option immunize.This is gone make base lane defense of your pc from bad links and servers that means that nothing go past this file. And the numbers are big 180k is the minimum entry list for 2 browsers. Combined with antivirus with firewall on paranoid mode this is unbeaten.
     
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    ---------- Post added May 5, 2017 ----------
    Sorry...
    I think you better off with HOSTS file editors...

    Hosts File Editor+
    Hostsman:
    Scott┬Ęs Hosts File Editor
     

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