Host File Editor
Thanks to its suggestive name, you can quickly think of the purpose of Host File Editor. It is a straightforward application that enables you to access and edit the host file.
While there is no lack of such applications out there, this particular one can be of great use to network administrators, since it enables them to map hostnames to IP addresses for any workstation connected to the same network.
Practical use in network administration
Editing the host file is done by various reasons. For instance, you might want to create locally defined LAN domains or block certain domains that are known to transmit malware by specifying entries in the host file to redirect requests to another address.
Host File Editor is an application that offers you instant access to the host file on any computer in the network, allowing administrators to freely change the way requests are handled.
Ease of use and quick access to the host file
While the application is not mainly intended for beginners, using it should not pose any problem. However, you are advised not to edit the host file if you are not aware of the consequences, as this might result in various connection problems.
The interface is simple an intuitive, displaying a minimalistic set of options that you can work with. You start by specifying the names or the IP addresses of the computers you want to edit the host files of.
The application offers you two choices for opening the file, namely Notepad or Notepad++. A distribution of the latter is included in the archive, just in case you don't have it installed on your computer.
Edit the hosts file on one or more network workstations
Once you press the 'GO' button, the path of the host file is generated and the file is opened using the desired text processing program, enabling you to freely edit it.
Host File Editor is very easy to use, enabling you to quickly define and customize the way your PC maps hostnames to IP addresses. As such, you can use it to automatically block dangerous or innapropriate Internet resources on one or more network computers.