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, the site a.com to google.com. I can find the IP address of a.com, but what is the correct way to edit the HOSTS file? I'm thinking of using this syntax:
However, two things:
- Is this the correct syntax? If so, is there a way to do it without having to find the IP address of a.com? Would just putting a.com into where the IP address currently is work?
- What is the best way to edit this file? I can't save to it because it is in use. Normally under these circumstances, I would go into Safe Mode and edit it from there, but is there an easier way (I'm thinking of killing some system processes...)?