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Does The Hosts Program Need Regular Updates?

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Since the etc/hosts file is just a plain ASCII file, I do not believe that the System Restore function caches and/or restores the etc/hosts file.

 

My suggestion is to just stop using it.   :o

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I went back to message #24 and used the MVPS Hosts Updates link again and managed to update. How often do updates for that form of Hosts need to be made?

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it is a good idea to keep your list/update as fresh as possible as nothing remains static .

(as al stewart wrote : the more it changes , the more it stays the same)

 

however ... it seems as if you have a problem when you modify/access/update the hosts file .

there is something that you are missing or doing in the process that is fouling things up .

as was mentioned , the/a hosts file is a "drop-it-in-here" item ... no "installation" or special hoop-jumping is required .

 

i had an accountant friend/client that was an absolute wizard o' finance and could run numbers , spreadsheets (etc) , all day long ...

i often marveled how he could add a column of figures in his head and figure compound interest in the same manner .

but when it came to actually installing a program or chunk of hardware (say a printer) , he did not "see" in his mind the steps required and why .

we all have things we do well ... i can repair a cash register but cannot run one ... i get confused .

 

 

is there another program that more or less automates the procedure that you would be willing to try ?

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I went back to message #24 and used the MVPS Hosts Updates link again and managed to update. How often do updates for that form of Hosts need to be made?

MVPs Hosts updates about every 4-5 weeks.

 

How to check for updates: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/updates.htm

 

Windows 7 detailed instructions for updating it with the batch file: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostswin7.htm

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Hello,

 

@ message #24 of this thread I figured out how to update my MVP Host file. I also signed up to get e-mails to alert me to updates for my file. 

 

Anne

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That's great... just a side note... don't get too comfortable using the system restore feature.... its there for emergencies, but it does not always work... sometimes doing a system restore can break other things...

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Hello Firefox,

 

No doubt you are probably correct. I'm not going to press dumb luck too far. Duly noted kind sir. :D

 

Btw, Thanks for the links South_Park!!! ;)

 

Anne

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good deal that you got it sorted out ...

every time you update the file , you'll be "embedding the steps" a little bit more .

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Hello CWB,

 

Live and learn, right? I try to never make the same mistake twice because I am too busy making new ones.

 

Anne :D

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yeah ... that is pretty much the way it goes .

it's like hammering nails ... when you stop hitting your thumb you're not going fast enough .

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I don't know about the hammer and nail metaphor regarding speed and productivity. I would rather take things fast enough to gain without the pain. :P

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as someone much wiser than myself said to me years ago ...

"one should always strive to learn"

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Every day.

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as someone much wiser than myself said to me years ago ...

"one should always strive to learn"

  

Every day.

True that.

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