Problem using Hosts file on XP...

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Uffbros, Feb 14, 2004.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Uffbros

    Uffbros Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2003
    Posts:
    157
    Location:
    Altoona,Pa
    Anyone know hgow to make this work in Win XP..I load the host file and can't get on any site when I do o_O?? I am told that the host file is too large and XP can't handle it?? So who can use this then if that is true? If not true how do I make it worko_O? I have done this right so it isn't that..Thanks.
     
  2. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Posts:
    17,875
    Location:
    New England
    I've never had a problem using Hpguru's Hosts file on XP. But then, I've disabled the DNS Client service at: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > scroll down to "DNS Client" and right-click > Properties > Startup type: Disabled.

    Assuming you got a clean download / extract of the Hosts file without corruption and placed it in: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\ as "Hosts" (or the equivolent location on your system), it should work fine.

    The DNS Client service is pretty much a wasted service on standalone end-user PCs. I've never found it worth running and simply let my network aware applications (like browser and email clients, etc.) go out to my ISP's DNS servers directly for resolution. Since they'll hit this Hosts file first, it works really well for me and fast.
     
  3. Uffbros

    Uffbros Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2003
    Posts:
    157
    Location:
    Altoona,Pa
    Thanks..It now works when I disable that DNS item.
     
  4. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2002
    Posts:
    3,997
    Indeed, there have been reports on varous websites that large hosts files do not work properly with Windows 2000 or XP.

    It seems that only some systems have problems with them, but for those that do, the majority of issues can be resolved with the step LowWaterMark pointed out above. If disabling the DNS Client Service does not fix the issue, there isn't any other known fix at this point in time (other than removing the Hosts file).

    I'm glad to see it fixed the problem in your case.

    Best regards,

    -Javacool
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.