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Installation procedure for hpguru's Host Files

by Harv / August 2, 2004 8:11 AM PDT

I downloaded hosts.zip file dated August 1, 2004 for Win32/Linux from this site http://webpages.charter.net/hpguru/hosts/hosts.html.

Found a Mac folder upon opening the d/l. Is this zip file for WinXP (or Mac pc)?

Next question. What's the procedure for installing hpguru's Host Files?

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Re: Installation procedure for hpguru's Host Files
by Bob__B / August 2, 2004 9:00 AM PDT

It is some what confusing the first time.

A read and reread of the readme doc kind of explains it.

On this machine (not xp) the steps are.

D/L the zip file.
Unzip the file.
Find the hosts.txt file (big) and rename it to hosts.
Move the file to c/windows.
Get a message that hosts already exist do I want to replace.
Answer Yes.

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Re: Installation procedure for hpguru's Host Files
by Harv / August 2, 2004 9:08 AM PDT

Bob, I don't know a lot about working with files. How do I go about "renaming" a file to "hosts"? This is the reason why I never installed the Host Files. But, after reading IE-Spyads' Help section, I thought it would be a beneficial thing to install.

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Re: Installation procedure for hpguru's Host Files
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 2, 2004 9:26 AM PDT


Which operating system are you using??

After unzipping the "Hosts.zip" file from HpGuru's site, you should have three files: Host.txt, Hosts.txt.sig, and Readme.txt. It will also have an "Empty" MAC folder. RIGHT click on the "Hosts.txt" file, choose "Rename", then eliminate the .txt file extension so it only reads "Hosts". You'll probably get a warning window asking you: "Are you sure that you want to change this?" Say: Yes. (If you can't see the .txt file extension on the file, then you'll need to enable the ability to read all file extensions in Windows Explorer. RIGHT click on Start, choose "Explore". When the Explorer window opens, click on "Tools" in the upper left, choose "Folder Options".(Some operating systems have "Folder Options" under the "View" menu). When that opens click on the "View" tab, then UNCHECK the box that says: "Hide extensions for known file types." Click on Apply, then OK.

Now that you have the "Hosts.txt" file renamed to "Hosts", then simply drag and drop it in the folder indicated in the following list:

Win9x/Me C:\Windows
WinNT/2K C:\Winnt\System32\Drivers\etc
WinXP Home/Pro C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc

HOpe this helps.


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Re: Installation procedure for hpguru's Host Files
by Harv / August 2, 2004 9:54 AM PDT

Grif, how do I know the Host Files are installed correctly, if at all?

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Harv, The First Thing You'll Notice...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 2, 2004 1:09 PM PDT

...will be pages with advertisements, such as those here at Zdnet, will show "holes" or blank areas where the advertisements used to be. In addition, some pages will appear to load, but a blank page will appear, and no loading of the page will continue. Ads and banned sites just don't load. In some cases, that can be a little cumbersome and distracting. As a result, I use a small program called "Edexter" which fills in the holes with a similar color as the surrounding page. It's a free download and install and can be obtained at the link below. I use Edexter on all computers where I use a HOSTS file:

Edexter Download Location

That's the nice thing about a HOSTS file...It doesn't "run" and use up resources, it just stops browsers from visiting banned sites. If the HOSTS file happens to ban a particular site that you want to visit, you simply open the HOSTS file with Notepad and eliminate the site listing in the file.

Hope this helps.


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Good and very clear advice Grif..
by chuck44 / August 2, 2004 10:39 AM PDT

As many know, the Host file is not installed, just added to, or copied to, or maybe just replaced. May be some programs that do this for you, but am not aware of them, since I don't use the Host file for blocking.

May start using it now that CNet has added advertising. LOL

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Re: Installation procedure for hpguru's Host Files
by Bob__B / August 2, 2004 9:31 AM PDT

How do I go about "renaming" a file to "hosts"?

Well after unzipping the orig file I just use windows explore (WE) and navigate to the unzipped file and find hosts.txt then I right click on that file and select rename which hi-lites the file name and I just change it hosts.

I do get a warning about unusable file which I ignore.

Isn't all this stuff great fun!!!

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Harv, The MAC Folder Should Be Empty
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 2, 2004 9:29 AM PDT

The "mac_hosts.zip" will have MAC related HOSTS files. The "Hosts.zip" will have Windows related HOSTS files and an empty MAC folder.

I indicated installation tips in my other post above.

Hope this helps.


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