Easy deployment and usage
Going through the setup process requires little effort on your behalf, a few mouse clicks assuring the full deployment on your system. The interface is not something out of the ordinary, with most features stored in an upper toolbar.
Since the hosts file is better left untouched, an integrated button lets you give administrator privileges to the application so you can fully edit content.
View and handle update sources
Additionally, you gain access to a list of update sources that can be populated with your own entries for enhanced accessibility. Updates can be done automatically, with status indicator for last check and successful update.
An integrated hosts file editor
Moreover, you can view content of the file either in a text editor or the application's dedicated such feature. Choosing the latter brings up a new window, letting you easily block web pages you consider are a threat or with inappropriate content.
Multiple maintenance tools
Integrated functions give you the possibility to check for errors in an attempt to have them fixed, as well as find duplicates for a slight boost in performance. An exclusion list can also be managed, and even have your IP replaced with a custom entry.
Create backups for more safety
For increased safety, the application also comes equipped with a backup manager, which is recommended to use before any changes are made. This brings up a different window, with intuitive controls and a preview section to identify the correct file.
Taking everything into consideration, we can say that HostsMan is just the right tool in case you need to handle your hosts file. Even though it is a risky and complicated procedure, the application lets you stay on the safe side with backups, while the intuitive interface offers thorough editing options.
Reviewed by Mircea Dragomir on August 1st, 2014
Also available: HostsMan Portable
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- added: import exclusion list by dropping file to the "Exclusion List" window;
- changed: Exclusion List window is now resizable;
- changed: "Import/Export..." menu item replaced with "Import Hosts..." and "Export Hosts..." items;
- changed: other minor UI improvements;
Application descriptionHostsMan is a handy and reliable software application that lets you manage your Hosts file with great ease.Users can e...