The HOSTS file
is a .txt file used in Vista and Windows 7 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 will show you how to download or create a elevated Edit HOSTS file
shortcut to make editing the HOSTS file
easier to do in Windows 7 and Vista.