HostsMan

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.73
  • Total Downloads:
    25,332
  • Date Added:
    February 10, 2010
  • File Size:
    2.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    75
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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Hosts files translate human-readable domain names--"yoursite.com"--to machine-readable IP addresses. HostsMan is a free yet powerful and comprehensive tool for managing, merging, updating, disabling, editing, protecting, and duplicating hosts files from a single interface. It packs some useful extras, too.

We chose to install HostsMan and its documentation but not the optional HostsServer, a local HTTP server for browsing with custom hosts files, or the HostsOptimizer, which is designed to prevent delays caused by the DNS Client Service. HostsMan's installer also gave us the option to disable our DNS Client Service and make a backup of our current hosts files on installation; we chose the latter option. HostsMan's tiny interface has just three icons: Disable Hosts, Update Hosts, and Open Hosts. The program also has a system tray icon for quick access to most functions. The File menu includes an Import/Export option, while the Hosts menu accesses updates, duplicates scans, backups, and exclusion lists. We found some interesting extras in the Tools menu, such as the HostsMan Editor, a DNS cache flusher, and a Command Prompt option. HostsMan created a basic hosts file list when we clicked the scan button. The program displayed the number of hosts names in its small primary window. When we clicked the big H icon, HostsMan disabled all hosts, turning the icon from green to red. Clicking the icon again toggled the hosts on and the icon back to green. We clicked the Folder icon and opened the HostsMan editor, which displayed our hosts files in a list view. We were able to edit and modify these files in various ways, including directly editing IP addresses. We could even insert entries and type in comments. The Possible Hijacks button seemed interesting, and we like the ability to open hosts directly in Notepad.

HostsMan does much more than we can explain in limited space, but it proved easy to use at every turn, with plenty of documentation and assistance. It adds a powerful capability to Windows, and while it's not for beginners, those who need it will wonder how they got along without it.

 
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  • 5 stars

    "Does it's job"

    February 24, 2012   |   By slix19

    Version: HostsMan 3.2.73

    Pros

    Small, does it's job, easy to use.

    Cons

    None really, but default backup option might be good rather than unchecked by default plus ability to run automatically in Vista/7.

    Summary

    Does it's job well. Might be nice to have a compatible version running in the background in Vista/7 (needs admin rights to run so can't run properly at startup). If you update manually now and then though it's fine.

    Maybe the SHOUTING 'bookerking' ticked one of the ad blocking options - these are reported to block some sites falsely. Also if you have a customised hosts file for some reason (web dev, ad servers, corporate) and you don't choose backup and the 'Merge' option it will cause problems.

    This is down to the knowledge of the user though, not a fault of the software as such - it does it's job and pretty well. May be backup by default would be good rather than an option, an perhaps a warning?

    Certainly not justified calling it 'HORRIBLE'.

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  • 1 stars

    "Messed Up My PC on WIN7 64bit"

    August 15, 2011   |   By bookerking

    Version: HostsMan 3.2.73

    Pros

    None JUST HORRIBLE

    Cons

    COULD NOT ACCESS THE INTERNET AND HAD TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS TO FIX MY ISSUE...A SIMPLY UNINSTALL DID NOT FIX MY ISSUE.

    Summary

    I HAD TO DO A IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS AND RESET THE HOSTFILE.

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    What's new in version 3.2.73
    Version 3.2.73 automatically update, enable and disable hosts files.
    General
    Publisher Abelhadigital.com
    Publisher web site http://www.abelhadigital.com
    Release Date February 10, 2010
    Date Added February 10, 2010
    Version 3.2.73
    Category
    Category Internet Software
    Subcategory Miscellaneous
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows
    Additional Requirements
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    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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