All web pages you visit and internet protocols need to be stored and translated into a user friendly environment. This is automatically handled in the “Hosts” file. HostsXpert is an application that enables you to edit the Windows "Hosts" file in a simple manner.
Easy deployment on your system
The tool doesn't need to be installed and since your registry entries will not be affected, the utility can be considered portable. Also, you can place it on a removable device and keep it close while you're on the go.
The user interface of the program is plain and simple. On the right side of the screen you can view the content of your "Hosts" file and on the left you can select several options.
Creates a backup to be on the safe side
Before attempting to make any changes, you should create a backup of your "Hosts" file, since HostsXpert supports a backup and restore system.
Thus, you can toggle between the options to make "Hosts" read-only or writable, as well as import options (replace, merge or append the "Hosts" file).
Various available operations
Furthermore, you can add a line, delete or add a line to the whitelist, remove all blocking entries, toggle comments, sort the file, copy it to clipboard or select "Swap Localhost".
In addition, you can check for updates, merge, replace, or replace and sort files when it comes to "MVPs Hosts" and "HpHosts", open "Hosts" in "MemoPad", search for text, as well as view and edit the whitelist.
Needs some getting used to
The program uses a small amount of system resources and didn't freeze or crash during our tests. However, there is no help file available and first-time users could find it difficult to use this application and end-up making some unwanted changes to the "Hosts" file.
The bottom line is that HostsXpert is a very good tool that you can use to make changes to your "Hosts" file. Since it doesn't contain documentation, we mainly recommend it to experienced users, or at least have a backup created in case something unexpected occurs.