Hosts Files in Windows® Vista®
Do you want to know about Hosts file and the need to update it in your Windows Vista system?
Windows Vista is one of the popular and advanced operating systems from Microsoft. Many users prefer it over other operating systems because of its usability, high performance and attractive layout. Windows Vista is a good operating system which contains a large number of different features and utilities. Hosts file is one such Windows Vista utility which hackers and malware infections use to enter the system and cause damage. This Hosts file contains the details of the hosts or servers that the user has visited when browsing the Internet. The Hosts file is a mapping of IP addresses of the hosts to their web addresses. Windows Vista Hosts file may contain a large number of such mappings. When a malware or virus applications corrupts this file, it will affect the Internet connectivity.
Following discusses the Hosts file, the need to update Hosts file in Windows Vista and tips to do so:
- Need to update Hosts file
- Mapping of IP addresses
- Update Hosts file on Windows Vista
Need to update Hosts file
The Hosts file is an important part of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. The updation of Hosts file helps the user to make your computer system more useful and more powerful. The functioning of the Hosts file is to resolve a numerical IP address the unique four part number that identifies a computer on the company network with the name of the computer.
Mapping of IP addresses
Windows Vista Hosts file is a mapping of IP addresses of the hosts to their web addresses. The Hosts file may contain a large number of such mappings. If this Hosts file is attacked by malware or virus applications, then it will affect the user's Internet experience. This may cause the web browser to be redirected to unwanted websites or malicious websites, whenever the user attempts to browse the Internet.
To update Hosts file on Windows Vista, click on the ‘Start’ button then choose ‘Run’ from the menu. After this, expand the plus sign next to the hard drive in most cases this will be the C: drive. Navigate to the C: drive Windows > SysWOW64 > drivers > Etc for the 64-bit version of the operating system. Double click the ‘Hosts’ file to open it, then choose ‘Notepad’ if prompted for the program to open the Hosts file with. Type the entries into the hosts file and place those entries.