I added a random entry to my hosts file to test custom hosts entries. I added this:
Without restarting Chrome, I navigated to www.girbble.com and found that I went to the IP specified in my hosts file.
I then removed the entry from the hosts file, but my browser continued to go to the custom IP. I then tried the following:
pinging www.gribble.com - this gets directed to the correct IP for www.gribble.com.
Still nothing stops my browsers (Chrome or Internet Explorer) from being directed to the now-purged custom IP. I have checked my hosts file multiple times to make sure the entry was removed. Do you have any ideas as to where is this entry being stored?