HostsMan 2.0

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  1. rdsu

    rdsu Registered Member

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    HostsMan - website :D

    New and very nice features are coming... ;)

    Regards
     
  2. siliconman01

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    Hostsman 2.0 is a very nice upgrade....and works great for managing/protecting the HOSTS file for those of us who utilize large HOSTS files for added security.
     
  3. JRCATES

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    Thanks for the heads up, VC.

    So...VC...having used both the MVPS HOSTS File Manger and HostsMan, how would you compare the two? What are the pros and cons of each...and since I am using HOSTS File Manager, would you think that it is satisfactory enough....or are the upgrades or pros of HostsMan so significant that it would warrant a change?
     
  4. lynchknot

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    there are a few hosts files to choose from. Which is the most recommended? Thanks.
     
  5. rdsu

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    You are welcome ;)

    The advantage of HOSTS File Manager (HFM) is to have the command line to check new versions...
    The HostsMan (HM), have better features, like an editor, download other hosts files, import, merge, HTTP Server, add new entries, Disable the DNS server service, hosts file protection... But, in my opinion still lake some features that I already suggest and they will try to introduce them on the next build :D

    The suggestions are:
    1. Bluetack - http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=8406 (because is also very used).
    2. When the HostsMan is active, have an option to check new versions of the hosts, like an AV...
    3. Command line to check new versions or check if the hosts file have some problem...
    4. If possible, contain all the comments of the file source...

    Now I'm using the HM to see possible bugs and new features...

    Regards
     
  6. rdsu

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    I prefer the MVPS because of its quality... ;)
     
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    Good post man. :D

    I like to use this one.

    Along with this hosts manager software.

    Jag
     
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    I'm sick of Bluetack and Protowall - I uninstalled it. Their blocklist still blocks too much including mozillazine. If their host file is anything like their blocklist, I'll pass. Thanks anyway. :)
     
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    MVPS HOSTS File is generally regarded as one of the smaller...but of very high quality, and that's actually part of it's appeal to me. While I can't comment of what Bluetack and others cover...I have a feeling that the more "well known" and serious threats are covered by MVPS, but that the others may be covering additional areas that are less severe. That's purely speculation on my part....but anyway, MVPS tends to work fine for me, lynchknot, so it may be worth giving a shot.......
     
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    Thanks for the report, VC ;)

    ....and be sure to follow-up with more personal experiences and info as it becomes available....
     
  11. rdsu

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    Thanks ;)

    I tried to use their program, but didn't worked on my system...
    I and they didn't know why... :(
     
  12. rdsu

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    Can you give examples, including mozillazine?
     
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    I hope so... ;)
     
  14. What about the Hosts file found in the latest release of Spybot, is it any good?
     
  15. rdsu

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    I don't know :(

    But Spybot-S&D is a very good program, so... ;)
     
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    I use it - it has far fewer entries than the MVPS and Bluetack lists, but I find it has the right balance of protection coupled with sufficient leeway to allow my browsing to continue safely yet hassle free. When I used the MVPS and Bluetack files, I was innundated with errors and deleted them both out of frustration.
     
  19. rdsu

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    What's new in HostsMan 2.1:

    - performance improved;
    - Hosts online update improved;
    - added exclusion list;
    - added command-line parameters;
    - fixed bug that prevented HostsMan from working properly
    with certain regional settings;
    - fixed window size problem in displays with higher dpi;
    - minor bugs fixed.
     
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    Does this mean that HostsMan can now be set to be auto-updated by using Windows Task Scheduler?

    Have you had any reason or occasion to contact their customer service, VC? And if so, how did they respond and do you feel as they they provide adequate support?
     
  21. rdsu

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    No, they didn't implemented that yet.
    But for example, if you use the MVPS Hosts, you can subscribe to be notified when they release a new version...

    I already contacted them about suggestions or bugs, and they have a very good support ;)
     
  22. ErikAlbert

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    A simple question.
    Is HostsMan v2.x able to check the entire hosts file for DEAD links and to remove or mark these links ?
    I couldn't find that function in Hostsman v2.1.
    If it is possible for bookmarks why not for infected websites.

    EDIT :
    I emailed Hostsmans (abelhadigital.com") about this matter on 2005.09.25 - 8:00 AM.
    If they reply, I will post it here. :)
     
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  23. rdsu

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    I don't find that option in HostsMan...
    I just download the MVPS Hosts, and use it with HostsMan...
     
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    Abelhadigitial.com replied the same day and this is their answer :
    So one day it might be possible to do it ...
     
  25. rdsu

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    They have a very nice support :)
     
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