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orchipalar
12-11-2006, 11:54 AM
Err...Orchi read somewhere that the Host File within the Operating System of any PC...can be managed to filter out the following...

1. Restricted Website...
2. Spyware n Adware...authors' website...
3. Pornographic Website...
4. Block User Access from Restricted IP Addresses...

Can anyone who is experienced in the field be able to advise Orchi...how the above can be done...?

Mammoth
12-11-2006, 02:03 PM
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) 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 its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems.

For XP SP2 users you should see a Security Center prompt about allowing this connection.

Simply click No and continue. Yes the prompts can be annoying but at least you'll know, however you should not see these prompts if these entries are included in the HOSTS file.

The location of the hosts file in different systems located differently :-
Windows XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Win 98/ME = C:\WINDOWS

orchipalar
12-11-2006, 11:13 PM
Err buddy...thanks for the pointers n feedback...

Orchi found this when Orchi tried to search for a Host File Editor programme...which would be more user friendly to get started with managing the host file of the PC...

http://hostsman.abelhadigital.com/

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_file

HTH
13-11-2006, 12:40 PM
the host file is only a text file. Any text editor can be used. I use Notepad.