Quickly Change Windows Network Host & IP Settings By Switching Among Different Host Files

by Rohit Khurana on July 1, 2011


While using our systems, we don’t even know how many processes are running in background and various files are being used by the system. Operating system manages all those files and takes care of them without any interference of the user. One of such files which are related to and managed by the operating systems is Host File.

In an operating system this file is present and works similar to DNS i.e. Domain Name System. As the main work of DNS is to convert host names to IP addresses and vice-versa, similarly this host file acts like a book which contains various addresses and link those host names to IP addresses. The only difference between the DNS and the hosts file is that, the hosts file comes under the control of the local computer’s administrator. In most of the operating systems, this host file is used favorably over the other system i.e. DNS. In this way it proves to be very helpful as it allows the administrator to have complete control over routing the traffic around the local network and also it provides the facility to the administrator to block any of the websites which he wants not to be accessed. On the other hand for other machines that are working on any network and are running individually, there this host file can be proficiently used to block advertisements or some other websites across all applications.



Normally in every operating system, there is only one host file which runs under the control of Window’s administrator. Now, if someone wants to add some new network routing rules or simply if the user wants to change the existing rules then this can be done by editing the host file and then by simply saving the changes. If any new network is to be tested and the user wants to run some problem-solving solutions, then the user must first of all take a backup of all the contents of the current host file and then it must be replace with new routing rules. This all is very complex for a user to perform. For this we introduce a small and effective utility called Host Profiles.

Host Profiles is a free utility that provides the methods to simply manage the multiple host files without any complexities. It also allows the user to quickly manage the multiple host file and to switch between them very easily. In order to add new host files, the user has to launch this application and then simply by typing the name and by clicking on the ‘Add’ button, this can be done in a very quick manner. After this all the new rules in the form of host-IP mappings are entered. Once it is done, the user may click on ‘Apply and Flush DNS’ button to apply the new rules written in this new host file.

The only thing which has to be kept in mind is that while using this utility for the first time, backup has to be taken because it will not automatically backup the current host file. For doing so, you just have to click on one of the option present in the form of the ‘View Current Host’ tab.

So, download this utility from the below given link and use it for managing different host files and that too in a very efficient and easy manner.

Download hostprofile

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