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Manage your Hosts file with software tools

Manage your Hosts file with software tools

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Block Website

“Block Website” is a simple and effective hosts file manager which allows for quick and easy commenting and uncommenting (turning on and off) addresses to be blocked. If you like to use your hosts file to block websites, ads and perhaps Windows 10 spying, Block Website hosts manager might make your task a little easier.  Block Website works particularly well with our provided Windows 10 SpyBlock hosts file. Notice below in our host file you can simply click on one of our commented lines, then click the “Un Comment Selected”. Using Block Website you can save and backup your hosts file before you commit new changes. Note: the trial version Allows to use the utility up to 15 Times then you must pay $5.00 for the software. This software was tested with our Windows 10 Antispy host file, as seen below. Block Website is geared towards managing a single hosts file.

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HostsMan

HostsMan is free and is geared toward managing multiple hosts files. It has everything you would need to download specified hosts files and then merge them with your current hosts file or a separate hosts file of your choosing. You can also input custom URLs and check periodically for newer versions of those files. Multiple hosts file lists will be downloaded, merged and applied to your active hosts file. Having the ability to merge massive lists will quickly make for a very large hosts file and will possibly slow your browsing down. HostsMan will notify you of an overly large hosts file and ask you to disable the “DNS Client” service on your computer. Only do this if necessary. I did not experience this issue after flushing my DNS cache which you can also do within HostsMan. Don’t forget to donate so HostMan can be supported into the future.

To disable your DNS client:

1. Click the start button.
2. Type services.msc in the search box. For Windows 10 it will be “Services (local)”
3. Click on services.msc in the search results.
4. Scroll down until you see “DNS Client” in the “Name” column.
5. Double click on “DNS Client.”
6. Click the Stop button.
To re-enable DNS caching, you can click the Start button found by repeating steps 1-5.
 Starting HostsMan you will have the ability to manage sources to begin selecting hosts files to download and merge:
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Now adding new sources for your hosts file is easy, click on Add Source or choose the host files already available.
hostsman-listsYou can now add your URLs for automatic hosts file updates:
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Hosts File Editor (our pick)

Seamlessly edit host files, create backups for easy retrieval or create entirely new ones using this simple and straightforward tool Whether you have been the victim of a malware attack or perhaps somebody played a prank on you, there are times when you need to make modifications to the host files on your computer.

Hosts File Editor is a small utility that enables you to effortlessly and freely manage the access to websites and network traffic by editing the host files.
UI is user-friendly The setup is fast, uneventful and does not require any special attention from your part, as all you need to do is decompress the archive in any desired location on your hard drive. It is intuitive and easy to navigate. While in the left panel you can preview the list of hostnames that you can access or install, the right pane includes the options as well as several quick action buttons. A noteworthy feature is that you can reset the host file back to the default with just one click, an option that can surely come in handy if you are not entirely sure about what you are doing.
Allows you to flush DNS cache and block websites In addition to making modifications to the host files, the application includes several other handy functions that you can take advantage of when tweaking your network traffic. For starters, you can update and disable or enable the host files that you need to monitor strictly. Moreover, the utility allows you turn the DNS service on and off and flush the cache whenever you notice that the traffic and transfer rates are sluggish.

Lastly, the app provides you with quick buttons to block servers from various applications’ servers that may be taking too much of your bandwidth. More precisely, you can block telemetry, Microsoft, Adobe or Corel servers as well as various social networks or adult content websites or fake news websites like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC etc. An intuitive tool for editing host files In the eventuality want to have more control over the network traffic by modifying, deleting, updating, downloading, installing and resetting host files, then perhaps Hosts File Editor can lend you a hand.

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