Windows® XP Host File
Do you want to know how to use Windows® XP host file? Read on
Windows® XP is a very user friendly operating system. There are many modifications or changes that could be made in the operating system to suit user needs. Host file can be defined as a file in the operating system that is used to map hostnames to IP addresses. Hostname is a label which is assigned to a device that is connected to a computer network. These hostnames are used to identify and label the device involved in various forms of connection like e-mail, World Wide Web etc. A hostname can be called a domain name if the name of the host is succeeded by name of the domain. There are a number of uses as to how Windows® XP hostname can be put to use. These include modifying the hostname to redirect local domains, block certain Internet resources so as to block malwares and online advertisements, increase, Internet browsing speed etc. Windows® XP hostname could be modified to specifically filter out malicious content and thus help infections from coming into the system.
Following details give users more information regarding common issues that can come while using Windows® XP host file:
- Connectivity issues
- Browsing slow down
- System hijack
Modifying of the Windows® XP host file could result in connectivity issues. This might include bad connection because of the ignorance on the part of the modifier. Host file modifications should be done only by users with good knowledge about networking and knowledge to solve various connectivity issues that can come up.
If the modification or change in Windows® XP host file was not done well these can cause errors during connectivity. These will include inability to connect to certain websites with error messages. Reasons of such error messages would be hard to trace and fix because of which noting down details of the host file before modifying is recommended.
Windows® XP host file modifications can drastically slow down the Internet browsing speed. Host file modifications should be done carefully so that the size of the file remains small (recommended being less than 100KB) so that browsing speed will not be affected.
Modifying or changing of the Windows® XP host file could result in file being hijacked. Host file primary medium of attack for malware. This means that a malware or virus that hijacked the host file could redirect the browser to websites with even more malicious content which could result in system getting hijacked.