Host File - What does it do?

  SJP 23:14 12 May 03

I have been having problems with web site access HTTP error 404 etc. It has been cured by firstly # out the line in the Hosts File, and if sucessful deleting the line altogether.

My question is what does the host file do?
What would be the effect of deleting the file altogether and letting Windows re-create.

Running Windows Me

  powerless 23:17 12 May 03
  SJP 23:38 12 May 03

Cheers Powerless - a good bit of info.

  Ironman556 00:03 13 May 03

If you're interested in using the file I use the one from click here you can link to it from the site provided by Powerless, but you can download extra things to add in too.

If there's a site that won't load you can search for the address and delete the line in the hosts file.

I find it's blocked the download of programs like gator through pop-ups.

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