sweidre Posted April 1, 2011 Report Share Posted April 1, 2011 Hi, Many computer users do not know, that there is an opportunity in Windows to stop you to get to malicious sites by using the HOSTS file properly. In Win XP & in Windows 7 the HOSTS file is located here: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\HOSTS Note, that the file HOSTS is a sort of txt-file, but without the extension ".txt". It can be created in many ways. Note, some softwares of yours stop you to edit the HOSTS file (eg. ZoneAlarm), some softwares warns you when editing (eg. WinPatrol). Prior to editing the HOSTS file inactivate the control functions of these softwares. When the HOSTS file is ready, remember to activate those control functions again, because some malwares might change the HOSTS file to lead you to malicious sites. You can use a normal text-editor to create the file HOSTS.txt and finally delete the extension ".txt". Many users are using Spybot SD, that can create and update the HOSTS file for you. Another way is to use a suitable software for this purpose (eg. Hostsman - freeware) By using a Google search: "HOSTS file", you can download a ready-made HOSTS file and place it with or without the Hostsman software in the path above. Hostsman can combine many imported HOSTS files into a single big HOSTS file and then for example sort the items in the list in alphabetical order. Of course, you can add your own known malicious sites into it. Here is a good article from TechRepublic, explaining HOSTS file and proposing Notepad for editing: "Quick Tip: Block unwanted sites using the Windows hosts file": http://www.techrepub...059?tag=nl.e042 Cheers, sweidre Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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