hello where is the hosts file?
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Posted 17 May 2016 - 09:50 AM
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Posted 17 May 2016 - 10:21 AM
The hosts file is located in C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc and it's called hosts - It does not have an extension. The file type is "File".
Here is how to open and edit the hosts file in Windows 7. I have experience - I edit it often and I have Win7 Pro (x64).
-Turn off any real-time protection programs or anti-virus programs (or anti-spyware / anti-malware / anti-adware)
-Type in the following in your Windows 7 start menu and dont click anything yet - notepad C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
-You should see one file with a notepad icon. Right click it and press "Run as Administrator"
-Edit it as you wish
-Press the red "X" button on the top right of Notepad
-Click "Save", which should be the first option in the prompt/dialog box.
-You may now turn on your antivirus program or real-time protection shield, which you should have disabled before doing this process.
Edited by DanieI, 17 May 2016 - 10:24 AM.
Posted 17 May 2016 - 10:28 AM
Puma, if you are also wanting the host file to do a better job of guarding the gate, consider the free version of SpywareBlaster. It loads into host all of the known "baddies to avoid" [well, according to its database].
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Posted 17 May 2016 - 10:33 AM
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