[QUOTE=Anthony1uk;2754323]What is the hosts file edit that you refer to? I ask as I know there are apps that edit your hosts file but what they do is add a whole ream of stuff to it and this actually for me slows down the PC itself.[/QUOTE]
Well I’ll give you the site and you can read up on it and see what you think…I have Windows 7x64 Ult Sp1 just to let you know in-case someone tries it on another that is not Windows 7.
It does help with faster computer and more RAM helps as well. I ran the “hosts” edit on AMD 3.0ghz PHII and now a iNtel i5-4960K and haven’t noticed lags. I to notice no ads/popups/redirects and if redirects they come up as blank null white pages.
As Cholla mention its does what it does but there is a slight downside to it but in the end your internet will give you a far better experience using it. I’ll give you some other stuff you might need to edit just in-case it does show signs of slow down but that will be up to you to use it. And no they are malware/virus free I have nothing to gain from giving out free help. Also with this single PC “hosts” edit it works regardless of the PC Browser your using whether it be IE, Chrome, FF it will work on all of them preventing popups/ads/redirect that you can’t close fast enough. Like Cholla says the PC “hosts” is a filtering the internet sites. I just use Notepad to edit the PC “hosts” file itself but to copy the large custom “hosts” file into the PC “hosts” I use Word to copy and then paste it into notepad and then save it and change it to READ-Only. Then copy it to these location where it should go and overwrite the old “hosts” file
For Windows 9x and ME place this file at “C:\Windows\hosts”
For NT, Win2K and XP use “C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts”
For Windows 7 and Vista use “C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts”
For Windows 8 use “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts”
You may need to tell Windows Defender to ignore this path
You may have to use Notepad and “Run as Administrator”
For Linux, Unix, or OS X place this file at “/etc/hosts” or on some
systems at “/private/etc/hosts”. You will require root access to do
this. Saving this file to “~/hosts” will allow you to run something
like “sudo cp ~/hosts /etc/hosts”.
Ubuntu users who experience trouble with apt-get should consult
For OS/2 copy the file to “%ETC%\HOSTS” and in the CONFIG.SYS file,
ensure that the line “SET USE_HOSTS_FIRST=1” is included.
For BeOS place it at “/boot/beos/etc/hosts”
On a Netware system, the location is System\etc\hosts"
For Macintosh (pre OS X) place it in the Mac System Folder or Preferences
folder and reboot. (something like HD:System Folder:Preferences:Hosts)
Alternatively you can save it elsewhere on your machine, then go to the
TCP/IP control panel and click on “Select hosts file” to read it in.
When set to Manual you can see that the above “Service” is [B]not[/B] needed (after a little browsing - when set to Manual) by opening the Services Editor again, scroll down to DNS Client and check the “Status” column. It should be blank, if it was needed it would show “Started” in that column. There are several Utilities that can reset the DNS Client for you … [more info]
[B]Important![/B] If you are using [B]Network Discovery[/B] then the DNS Client service is required and should [B]not[/B] be set to either Manual or Disabled.
[B]Workaround for using the MVPS HOSTS file and leaving the DNS Client service enabled[/B] (set to: Automatic)
[li]If you find after a period of time that your browser seems sluggish with the DNS Client service enabled you can manually flush the DNS cache[/li]> [li]Close all browser windows … open a “Command Prompt” from the Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt[/li]> Win8 users - Charms Bar > Search > (type) command prompt > Select: Command Promt (left pane) Ok the UAC prompt
li [B]ipconfig /flushdns[/B] (press Enter) Then close the Command Prompt …[/li]> [/ul]
A better Win8/7/Vista/XP workaround would be to add two Registry entries to control the amount of time the DNS cache is saved. (KB318803)
[li]Flush the existing DNS cache (see above)[/li]> [li]Start > Run (type) regedit[/li]> Win8 users - from the Charms Bar, select: Search (type) run and select Run (left pane) and (type) “regedit” (no quotes)
[li]Navigate to the following location:[/li]> [B]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters[/B]
[li]Click Edit > New > DWORD Value (type) [B]MaxCacheTtl[/B][/li]> [li]Click Edit > New > DWORD Value (type) [B]MaxNegativeCacheTtl[/B][/li]> [li]Next right-click on the [B]MaxCacheTtl [/B]entry (right pane) and select: Modify and change the value to [B]1[/B][/li]> [li]The [B]MaxNegativeCacheTtl entry [/B]should already have a value of [B]0[/B] (leave it that way - see screenshot)[/li]> [li]Close Regedit and reboot …[/li]> [li]As usual you should always backup your Registry before editing … see Regedit Help under “Exporting Registry files”[/li]> [/ul]
Here’s my lastest update to the hosts edit file itself…this file I did a slight MOD to it but the rest of it is all the same. Also the “hosts” file I changed to READ-ONLY to further protects it and it has worked fine. Also if you edit make a backup copy of it before doing so to another location for the backup “hosts” file and always save to the hosts file itself never save to hosts.txt that will not work.
As mention here:
This file must be saved as a text file with no extension. (This means
that the file name should be exactly as below, without a “.txt” appended.)
Let me repeat, the file should be named “hosts” NOT “hosts.txt”.
Here’s my change
Note: I added the "#"
This is my contribution if one uses it then that is their choice to do so. It’s alot of work but in the end your computer will be in a far better position when it goes online. I have to admit this is quite a extensive posting that I have created so far about editing the PC “hosts” file compared to previous posting on the same subject.
[QUOTE=cholla;2754324]I’ve even had sites ask me to please let them show some adds so I think the hosts file must be working.[/QUOTE]
I gotten some sites saying that very same thing as well and that is a good sign the PC “hosts” file is doing it’s job too good.
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