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#1 systembolt

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 02:40 AM

can anyone explain to me the purpose of the Hosts file?

what is it used for , how do i open it ( right clicking gives me no option of Open with... :thumbsup: ) and what can i possibly edit?

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 04:05 AM

From here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/...l42.html#O1Diag

Take a look at the O1 entries section as they correspond to the hosts file redirection. In essence, it maps domain names to fixed IP addresses. It can be used for both, legitimate and malicious uses and it is something that is looked into during Malware removal. You can open it in Notepad or use a program called HostXpert to edit it.

I highly recommend against editting the hosts file unless you have a good idea of what you're doing. Editting the hosts file without knowing could cause serious connectivity issues.

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