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How to clear/flush the DNS cache in Google Chrome?

As you probably know Google Chrome has its own internal DNS cache. Is there a way to clear it without having to wait for the time out or close the browser?
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Using wildcards in names in Windows hosts file

Is there a way to create a wildcard domain in the Windows hosts file. I tried this xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx *.somedomain.com This does not work, is there maybe some other syntax I should use? I am ...
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Editing the hosts file

I'm looking to edit the Windows TCP/IP hosts file (at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts). I'm wondering, what is the best way to do this (on Windows XP)? Let's say that I want to redirect, say, ...
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Windows Script Host Error Dialog Popups in the morning

A few days ago when I resume my computer from sleep mode in the mornings I would see an error dialog from "Windows Script Host" that read: "There is no script engine for file extension ".vbs". I am ...
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How can I route a domain to my box at home?

I currently own my own domain, and have been using dyndns.com's "custom DNS" to allow me to redirect 'example.com' to my website at home, which is on a dynamic IP. I've now switched over to a VPS ...
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Using Proxy Server to act as hosts file

I am trying to see if I can have a specific Hosts file that only a Proxy Server application on my machine will use while the remainder of the machine uses the normal proxy server. For example, I want ...
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How do I set an alias name in the hosts file?

I have a production server, on which three different application are running. I need to configure aliases for that server, according to which application needs to be accessed by the user. How do I ...
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Why is “127.0.0.1 localhost” needed in HOSTS file?

I disabled all my network connections and deleted 127.0.0.1 localhost in HOSTS file but cannot find what had I broken by it. My IIS and MS SQL Server 2008 R2 continues to resolve localhost just fine ...
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Unable to block a website through System32/drivers/etc/hosts

I am trying to block social media and news websites on my local machine (Windows 7). I added the below lines into my hosts file: 127.0.0.1 www.thatstamil.com 127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com In ...
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Hosts File not working correctly

I'm having some issues with my hosts file. 127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.0.1 whatever 127.0.0.1 sub.localhost 127.0.0.1 example.com localhost and whatever both work. However the others have weird ...
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hosts file for ip address

I would like to map ip address to specific localhost interfaces (e.g. 23.45.66.77 => 127.0.3.3). For named hosts I can use the hosts file. Naturally this doesn't work for IP address. This has to work ...
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How to edit the hosts in Windows 7?

I would like to add an address to the hosts file. I am running Windows 7 (Hebrew edition), and I am the system administrator. I have tried the command notepad C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts to ...
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How can I modify my hosts file? It is read-only and cannot be modified even as Adminstrator.

Does anyone know how to modify entries on the hosts file when it is marked as read-only? I have tried unchecking the Read-only tick box, but I get an Access is Denied error, and I'm running as the ...
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How to redirect a URL to a certain IP, as with /etc/hosts?

Someone on my shared server has messed with some setting such that gethostbyname('www.google.com') (PHP) gives me the IP for his website, rather than Google. I believe this can be done via the /etc/...
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How can I create shorter URLs to sites on my computer?

I was wondering if I could use my Windows 7 hosts file to create shorter URLs for sites? OR is there another way. I tried ones like the following but I'm guessing it only works with IP Addresses? ...
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Remove key from known_hosts

I built several virtual machines during the last few weeks. The problem is, the .ssh/known_hosts gives me the Man in the middle warning. This happens because another fingerprint is associated with the ...
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Adding a line into the hosts file, getting permission denied when using sudo - Mac

I'm trying to add a line into the hosts file on my Mac by executing a one line command on the terminal. I thought this would be easy using sudo, but it returns "permission denied" when I try to add &...
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What's the Windows equivalent of “/etc/hosts”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I block certain websites from being accessed through a browser? I can block my little brother from accessing a website on my Mac by adding the following line to my "/...
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How to change IP address to point to localhost?

A sandbox enviroment of a web app is reachable directly by an IP address: http://<my_ip_address> without a login name. Is there a way to make a virtual host in my local machine, named as <...
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In your ssh config is it possible to have one host entry for multiple machines on the same domain

I'd like to be able to do something like Host * HostName *.mydomain.com ... So I can type something like ssh test ssh ci ssh dev Instead of having to type ssh test.mydomain.com ssh ci....
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How to alias a hostname?

Is it possible to keep a network alias - without specifying the IP address in the hosts file? For instance, I have abcd.efgh.com but want abcd -> abcd.efgh.com so that ping and ssh work as they ...
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Can a router map a URL to a local ip?

I'm setting up a facility with many different computers where I don't have access to their hosts files. How would I map test.com to a local server without using the hosts file? Can this be done using ...
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How to simulate entries in HOSTS file with an IE 7 browser plugin

Is it possible in Internet Explorer 7 to simulate HOSTS file entries with a plugin? For example, can you tell IE to resolve all requests for xyz.com to a specific IP address? We have some QA testers ...
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Mac OS X “hosts” file, can I include other files with it?

I am working on some automation scripts to configure my network settings, hosts file contents, and /etc/resolver files, when accessing different networks I frequent between. There are some ...
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Block website on Windows without host file

Is it possible to block website on Windows without modifying hosts files? The reason I do not want to use it is that users need administrator options to modify it. I need some easier way to block a ...
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hosts file and unblocked subdomains

I modified hosts file to block google.com and its subdomains but it blocks only the main domain name. It does not block the subdomains. Windows 7 Starter 127.0.0.1 google.com It blocks google.com ...
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changing hosts file on snow leopard

I need to add an entry to my hosts file on Snow Leopard. I could edit the hosts file with root user enabled, but in the system doesn't let me to save this file saying that I don't have permissions to ...
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Possible reasons WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts is not working (appart from the obvious)

Here's my C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file: 127.0.0.1 localhost 192.168.100.1 router testing it: C:\>ping router Ping request could not find host router. Please check ...
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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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DNS lookup fails but nslookup works

I have DNS lookup problems on my internal network. I'm using an internal DNS server with the IP 192.168.1.254. If I use nslookup everything works like it should: >hawk:~ user$ nslookup ...
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Windows 7 HOSTS files keeps reverting it's permission back to READ-ONLY

As a full-time Web Developer I am constantly adding fake domains to my Windows 7 HOSTS file to point a domain to my localhost web server that I develop on. I have even built a nice little PHP script ...
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How to reroute all traffic using hosts file?

Is there a way to redirect all traffic to one IP in the hosts file? If not, how else could i achieve this?
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Redirect one domain to other using hosts file or similar

Usually, the syntax in the /etc/hosts file is IP hostname alias1 alias2 but I want to make something like SERVER SERVER2 but I don't want to specify the SERVER IP in the file, only the host ...
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ssh - no route to host

I have 3 machines (A, B and C) behind WLAN Router. From B i can make ssh to A and from A to B also. Ssh between C and A is also working (both destination, C->A and A->C). But when i try to connect B ...
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Access web server on LAN using IP fail

I have a web server in my LAN with IP: 192.168.1.103, I can only access the web server from browser in this computer through http://localhost:8080, I cannot access it through 192.168.1.103:8080, nor ...
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Redirect a url to another url

I need to redirect a url to another url. THe PC where this should be done has Linux but no server program such as Apache. When the user type www.mycomerp.com, it should redirect it to http://localhost:...