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  1. #1
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    I searched my computer for HOSTS and it gave me a lot more than one.

    HOSTS C:\WINDOWS\I386
    LMHOSTS.SAM C:\WINDOWS\I386
    Hosts C:\Program Files\Spybot -Search & Destroy\Includes
    hostsfile.hst C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\Masters
    hosts C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
    HOSTS.bak C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
    Imhosts C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc

    Which ones are not necessary and which one was the real one to edit in the first place?
    Last edited by kurse; 04-30-2005 at 07:29 AM.
    "Revenge is a meal best served cold"

  2. Internet, Programming and Graphics   -   #2
    hosts C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc

    Sorry I should have said that the Host file is located in the directory above. That's the one you wanna edit to block sites/ads and others...I use a very useful tool that came with k-lite it's called "Host file Manager" very Useful. I havent touched the other ones.
    Last edited by Catracho; 04-30-2005 at 09:16 AM.

  3. Internet, Programming and Graphics   -   #3
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    Jusr for reference:

    HOSTS C:\WINDOWS\I386 - This is the original one that windows installation (or service pack installation) would put here. Editing will have no effect.
    LMHOSTS.SAM C:\WINDOWS\I386 - Same dealy except this isn't the file you wanted.
    Hosts C:\Program Files\Spybot -Search & Destroy\Includes - This is probably spybot's backup of your hosts file (spyware apps protect it from spyware).
    hostsfile.hst C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\Masters - Same thing, this is spy sweeper's backup of your hosts file.
    hosts C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc - This is the host file you want to edit.
    HOSTS.bak C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc - This is a backup of the hosts file you want to edit.
    Imhosts C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc - This file is not what you wanted to edit. It keeps windows' info about where other computers are on the network.

  4. Internet, Programming and Graphics   -   #4
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    Thanks for the help guys!
    "Revenge is a meal best served cold"

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