HostsMan

Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.57
  • Total Downloads:
    25,332
  • Date Added:
    January 08, 2009
  • File Size:
    2.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    75
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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3 stars

"Must be used daily I find."

December 10, 2009  |  By bernard1938h

 |  Version: HostsMan 3.1.57

Pros

The program is easy to use and does get rid of the overloaded Hosts file and back to the original file as set up by Windows

Cons

Clicking on the link to stop programs writing to Hosts file does not seem to always work. After about 18 hours after using I find that the Hosts file has become contaminated with a nasty that redirects your browser to unwanted sites.

Summary

The biggest problem with this software is that the option to prevent writing to the Hosts file is short lived as some things always penetrate this option and get written to the Hosts file. One particular bit that always gets in is a redirection of FireFox browser that takes you to a malicious site after being directed to "www.redirec.com\index.php"
This can be temporarily cured by running HostsMan again but the situation returns within 24 hours.

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5 stars

"Keep Malware Out"

November 18, 2009  |  By Burnout_90

 |  Version: HostsMan 3.1.57

Pros

Blocks websites and annoying ads using IP, easy navigation, large database (HPHosts), updates frequently, small download.

Cons

If legit website is redirected from a blocked ad website, it will not show up. Have to run as admin in order to enable. (will turn gray indicating hosts are disabled)

Summary

HostsMan is probably the best program I've downloaded. It blocks websites using your default IP so when browsing, the reported page will not be able to connect. It has a default large database, using reported websites from HPHosts with currently over 120,000 blocked websites. It updates almost everyday, and adds many websites in just one update. The program does not take much, with less than 10MB when installed. But, IP redirection is a problem. If a legit website is previously redirected by an ad blocked website, it will not load. For example, a legit sponsored ad search result on Google is clicked. Normally, it will first be directed to an ad website, then redirected to the link. In HPHosts, it blocks the first ad website, so you can not proceed to that legit website. It also requires admin rights to run, but is no big problem.

Updated on Nov 18, 2009

EDIT: Not HPHosts, I meant Hostsman in the last bit.

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5 stars

"Great to add to your anti-malware arsenal"

September 03, 2009  |  By windyplain

 |  Version: HostsMan 3.1.57

Pros

I've used this for years without problems. This fixes some bugs & it works even better than ever.

Cons

I'm not sure.

Summary

Works like a charm :-)

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General
Publisher Abelhadigital.com
Publisher web site http://www.abelhadigital.com
Release Date January 08, 2009
Date Added January 08, 2009
Version 3.1.57
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Miscellaneous
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 2.6MB
File Name HostsMan_4.1.96_installer.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,332
Downloads Last Week 75
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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