HostsMan – a free tool for editing the file HOSTS, which is used by Windows to convert character domain names to the corresponding IP-address.
Many administrators make changes to the HOSTS file for different purposes, for example to block access to specific sites. This operation can be done by adding a couple of lines of text in the usual “Notepad.” If you need the more powerful and functional tool for managing HOSTS-file, turn your attention to the utility HostsMan.
Running the program as an administrator, users can explore the contents of the HOSTS file and make any necessary corrections. Including application HostsMan lets you create, edit, disable, and delete records, copy them to the clipboard and add useful comments. A built-in search engines with regular expression support can help you quickly and easily find a specific record in the file. However, the features of the product are not limited. Built Hosts Updater tool also allows you to update HOSTS-file and import a list of known malicious sites, ad servers and other unreliable resources.
Users need to know that inept HOSTS file editing can lead to unpleasant consequences, such as the unavailability of some sites from any browser. Fortunately, the instrument is equipped with built-HostsMan defense mechanisms. You can create a backup copy of the HOSTS file before making changes and if necessary, restore it to its original state.
To be more productive with HostsMan users can use keyboard shortcuts and “hot” keys. The product also includes several useful tools. For example, in some cases, you may find that the changes made to the file HOSTS, do not take effect. Perhaps the fact that the corresponding IP-addresses cached Windows. Solve this problem the tool Flush DNS Cache, available in the tab «Tools».
Utility HostsMan 4.0.91 Beta11 runs under 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8. A free copy of the application can be downloaded from the developer – http://www.abelhadigital.com/