HOSTS File (Use/CMD Tools/References) – post by sciphex
Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
What it does … The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names.
This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the
Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to
override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed
sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local
(your) machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block
other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the
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