The "hosts file" is a common tool in operating systems to map names to IP addresses. These mappings usually take precedence over the DNS system.

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Windows 10 hosts file entries get blocked automatically by # sign after some times

My OS is Windows 10. I have entered a few entries in my hosts file. But after some time or after reboot there is a # sign in the beginning of each entry. I did it using Administrator Account also. ...
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How do I redirect a domain to another domain locally?

My /etc/hosts file looks like this: 127.0.0.1 localhost 10.20.7.67 testsitealpha.dev othersite.dev testsitebeta.dev The first two work. The last one doesn't. Why not? How do I make it ...
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Hosts file changes are not recognized in Windows 8

When i make changes to the hosts file in windows 8, it doesn't work. Although my changes stay in the hosts file. What I'm trying to, is to redirect the domain name riddergarn.dev to 127.0.0.1 with ...
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Browsers seems to ignore the hosts file while ping works?

I am trying to make xyz.com always map to google.com (216.58.219.206) on my machine (OS X El Capitan). Made the following changes to the /etc/hosts file: 216.58.219.206 xyz.com I've cleared the ...
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Force Chrome to open URLs as URLs, instead of searching

I have a local Apache server running, which is defined through /etc/hosts as "apache". So I often open pages like: http://apache/website/ Normally, this works fine. However, since I am using a more ...
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Editing hosts file to block sites not working

I put these lines in my C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file: 127.0.0.1 www.cnn.com 127.0.0.1 cnn.com 127.0.0.1 facebook.com 127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com 127.0.0.1 www.hotnews.ro 127.0.0.1 ...
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Website gets redirected to 127.0.0.1 occasionally

I am trying to access AirAsia's Web Check-in Page. Occasionally I can access it. However, most of the time I get redirected to 127.0.0.1. Could this be an ISP issue? Details: My hosts file is ...
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Why does blocking sites through hosts file break HTTPS?

I've recently decided to give this hosts file a try. Just after adding these entries on my machine I've noticed that HTTPS connection is insecure on banking sites and PayPal. Chrome shows a red ...
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Firefox Caching old Hosts file settings?

I have an imac where the family account has no password. Then I have a second account for me which is admin. I keep my dev stuff there etc. I keep my teenager from accessing social media on the ...
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Better to block a host to 0.0.0.0 than to 127.0.0.1?

I have a few hosts that I would like to block in my /etc/hosts file. For that I need to define a bogus IP address that the DNS queries get resolved to. Most of the tutorials I saw so far all mention ...
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Having two IPs for same hostname in hosts file

Request I would like to have my hostname let's say hostA resolve to IP1 if i am at home and IP2 if i am remote Is it possible to have two IPs for the same hostname so that it tries them both and takes ...
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Can I use /etc/hosts file to block ads when using Ubuntu 14.04.3 OpenVPN server?

I have an OpenVPN server hosted on Digital Ocean. I've uploaded a hosts file to the server to help filter a lot of unwanted domains. When using the server, it filters the domains. However, when I use ...
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Win2012 DNS static redirects from C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

currently I'm using static redirects to localhost in C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts for a low level and fast spam, maleware, ad, etc. protection. Since there is a Win2012 DNS-Server around I ...
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Windows 8. Hosts file doesn't work

I am using Windows 8 developer preview (x64) for testing purposes. I want to access some local network resource by DNS. So, I've added next line to my hosts file (%sindir%/system32/drivers/etc/hosts): ...
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Simulate manipulation of the etc/hosts file in Google Chrome

How can I set up Chrome to reference hostname lookups locally and not from the standard etc/hosts file? When debugging a website, it's sometimes useful to set up entries in ...
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Windows 10 hosts file used by another process

There are a few other question with this same title but they do not solve my problem, so I am opening another one. I have set the permission for the "hosts" file to full access for the current user. ...
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windows 10 hosts file entries been commented out

Windows 10 is commenting out my hosts file entries. This happens periodically so every 1 hour. Although I manage to save the changes but they will be commented out after around 1 hour. I never ...
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Possible to make a program to check Windows hosts file every minute?

I know how to block facebook using hosts file. Problem is that I can just easily edit hosts file and do facebook again. So if there is a program that reports whether hosts file currently contains ...
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Can /etc/hosts or something similar be used to redirect a http URL to a file path?

My Windows 7 admin pushes out some proxy settings (e.g., a proxy.pac file available through http) to my computer every night that I don't want. I have modified this pac-file and stored it locally, on ...
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Cannot access shared drive in same machine uisng machine name but can access using IP

I have 4 desktops running Windows Server 2008 32bit version. I created some shares in all these machines. My program gets files from these machines (like \machine1\abcd). The machine names mentioned ...
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Bizarre domain/host file/browser issues. A real chin-scratcher

I was working on a dev site yesterday (of which I have a modified host file to view) when all of the sudden Chrome stopped being able to load the site. Or the production site (no host file mods ...
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Can I protect Win7 system file by password

I need to protect the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file by password. As I know any software can't protect a folder or a file within the Windows folder. Or is there still some way? Or can I ...
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Does Blocklist manager still work and if no, what's an alternative?

Years ago I used a handy program called BlockList Manager. Though the website is still up, I can't find any working download links. I was able to downoad it from this site and run it but the program ...
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Using the command line in order to change hosts/hostnames on Centos

I need to use the command line in order to add a new host resolution on a temporary basis. I use centos. I need a new localhost resolution such as the following: 127.0.0.1 something.localhost ...
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Sending and receiving email messages to localhost with a specific domain name

I need to be able to send email messages to localhost by using another hostname/domain name that localhost. Thus instead of me@localhost I need something such as me@domain.something. (I require a ...
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Hosts file switcher on linux

It appears there are a ton of utilities to manage the hosts file on OSX. I haven't been able to find even one like http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29949/gas-mask for linux. I keep my hosts file ...
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Edge browser error 'Hmm, we can't reach this page' loading localhost address

Microsoft Edge presenting error message 'Hmm, we can't reach this page' loading localhost address. Loopback flag is checked. Address mapped in host file 127.0.0.1 www.desenv OS: Windows 10 - ...
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What does this entry in hosts-file mean: 192.168.3.2 NPI2A54EA

I took over a Windows 7 PC from a developer and in the hosts file there was this entry: 192.168.3.2 NPI2A54EB Does anybody know why this would be entered there and if this could be a virus or would ...
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Is there a maxium number of hostname aliases per line in a Windows hosts file?

I have a hosts file on Windows 7 that has an IP address followed by 10 different hostname aliases. I can ping the first nine, but if I try to ping the tenth, I get: Ping request could not find host ...
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IE ignores hosts file; works in Firefox

I've edited my hosts file in a Windows 7 VM, but it doesn't work in IE. It works with Firefox, though. I hope this itemized list will help more than a verbose description. Environment Windows 7 in ...
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Acrylic DNS Proxy not resolving

So I recently had an update issue where I landed up downgrading to Windows 8. As I need to do my work, I have re-installed my XAMPP server as well as Acrylic DNS Proxy. Unfortunately, Acrylic is not ...
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Is it possible to apply parts of AdBlock+'s EasyList Adblocking list to the hosts file in any way?

I use AdBlock+ for Firefox, but I was wondering if it would be possible to apply AdBlock+'s EasyList filter to the Windows Host file. I doubt that that is possible because of the rules in the EasyList ...
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How to make Opera browser obey the etc/hosts file?

Current version of Opera browser doesn't obey etc/hosts file for domains outside the local network. It looks to me like it is using its own DNS resolver. For example if I create the following ...
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Chrome, Safari, IE not recognizing hosts file in Windows 7

I have a new clean install of Windows 7. I've edited the hosts file and when I ping from the command line the correct settings are used — the ping goes to a local network server instead of out ...
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Bash: lookup an IP for a host name, including /etc/hosts in search

Ubuntu 10.10+ In my script I need to lookup an IP for a given host name. If that name is listed in /etc/hosts, then command should print IP from /etc/hosts, not from DNS server. What commands I ...
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Would editing the hosts file temporarily block windows 10 updates?

Like several other people, I'm annoyed by the inability to choose when to update in Windows 10 Home, and this issue is one of the (several) reasons I hesitate to upgrade from 7. I don't have 10 yet ...
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Use /etc/hosts entry for nginx proxy_pass

I'm currently linking together a couple of Docker containers so I can create a reverse proxy using Nginx and the services running on those containers. An entry looks like this: location / { ...
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Apache cannot resolve /etc/hosts entries without internet connection

I alias tw/twcdn.localhost to 127.0.0.1 in /etc/hosts: $ cat /etc/hosts 127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost hostname tw.localhost twcdn.localhost 192.168.1.2 benito-laptop ::1 localhost ...
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Why I can't redirect using `hosts` file in windows?

I want to go to www.Google.com when I enter 1.1.1.1 in my browser. So I think I must change hosts file under windows\system32\drivers\etc path in Windows to map this IP address to Google homepage. I ...
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Editing Hosts File in Windows 8

I'm trying to edit my hosts file in Windows 8 Pro. When I open C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts in notepad++ or any other text editor, make changes and attempt to save, I get a dialog that tells ...
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Hosts file missing in Windows 8.1

I am missing my hosts file in Windows 8.1.  I couldn't find it in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc.  Here is what I see in that location: hosts.ics, hosts.old, lmhosts.sam, networks, protocol and ...
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Override localhost IP Adress in Windows 8.1

I'm trying to set up Windows 8.1 virtual machine through VirtualBox for testing a server running on my Mac (running Yosemite 10.10.3). VirtualBox sets up a the IP 10.0.2.2 to point to the host ...
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Prevent McAfee Security Scan Plus from installing - ever [duplicate]

Whenever Flash updates, some colleague or friend keeps pressing OK, and without noticing, McAfee Security Scan Plus is installed (and it happened to me several times as well). Then, after a while, a ...
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Linux/Windows hosts file

I need redirect the domain (www.pokus.cz) to my local IP address (192.168.1.100/preview) because I need to make a test of my new web pages. I read that it's possible with add lines in /etc/hosts/ When ...
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Can regular expression be written in /private/etc/hosts file

abc.local xyz.local dumy.local www.google.com local.testserver.net .... Can we write some kind of regular expression or Rule in "hosts" file to redirect certain domains ending .local to certain ip ...
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how can I extract entries out of the HOSTS file with the command line tool in Windows 7?

It concerns the HOSTS file, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. I want all entries/lines with a certain name in it to be written in a .txt file. how can I do this in the command line tool?
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Alternative to 127.0.0.1 in hosts file

I have a bunch of websites blocked at the system level in my Windows 7 by using the etc/hosts file. So far, I've done it the usual way, by giving 127.0.0.1 as the website's IP address. However, I'd ...
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Which leads to faster browsing, an ad blocker or an edited hosts file?

I recently came across the MVPS hosts file and became fascinated with the concept of blocking ads upstream from your browser. I don't know much about how quickly adblockers work, nor how quickly the ...
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Windows 7 lookups on first host file entry

Today my ISP blocked my internet due to suspicious activity - outgoing requests to malicious websites. Numerous scans of my machine couldn't reveal the culprit. However, after doing a quick netstat /f ...
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How to add/remove lines from the hosts file

I'd like to add and remove hosts file entries at a regular interval. I believe the easiest way to do this is powershell and task scheduler. So how do you add/remove hosts file entries?