The HOSTS file
is a .txt file used in Windows to map hostnames
to IP addresses
. Your computer checks this file first to resolve any network names to its corresponding IP address before it tries to check the Internet.
file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
folder. Normally you would open Notepad
with Run as administrator
and open (File - Open) the the hosts
file from within Notepad to edit it.
This tutorial will show you how to add Edit HOSTS file
to the context menu
of the desktop
to make editing the hosts file
easy to do in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.