How to Reset Hosts File | XP | Vista | Windows 7

This article describes how to re-set the hosts files for Windows XP, windows vista and Windows 7. Please note a tool has been created from Microsoft to automatically do this for you. Download Here . We recommend you just use the auto tool in most cases.

To reset the hosts file back to the default, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type %systemroot% system32driversetc, and then click OK. You can also open up the My Computer Icon and browse to the location. Note If you are using 64 bit version of Windows, type %systemroot% SysWOW64driversetc.

2. Rename the hosts file to hosts.bak.  To re-name the file you right click on it ans select rename.  You can also just change the file to hostsOLD or something like that.

3. Create the new default hosts file.

To do this, follow these steps:

1. Right-click an open space in the %WinDir%system32driversetc folder, point to New, click Text Document, type hosts, and then press ENTER.

2. Click Yes to confirm that the file name extension will not be txt.

3. Open the new created hosts file in a text editor, for example, in the Notepad. 4. Copy the following text to the file. Keep in minde that everything that follows the  # symbol is null and it does not really matter:

For Windows XP

This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.

This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name. The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space.

Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual # lines or following the machine name denoted by a symbol. For example:

102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host 127.0.0.1 localhost

For Windows Vista

This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.

# # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name. # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space. # # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol. # # For example: # # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 localhost

For Windows 7

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp. #

# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows. #

# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.

# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one # space. #

# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual

# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol. #

# For example: # # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.

# 127.0.0.1 localhost

# ::1 localhost 5. Save and close the file.

RemoveVirus.org cannot be held liable for any damages that may occur from using our community virus removal guides. Viruses cause damage and unless you know what you are doing you may loose your data. We strongly suggest you backup your data before you attempt to remove any virus. Each product or service is a trademark of their respective company. We do make a commission off of each product we recommend. This is how removevirus.org is able to keep writing our virus removal guides. All Free based antivirus scanners recommended on this site are limited. This means they may not be fully functional and limited in use. A free trial scan allows you to see if that security client can pick up the virus you are infected with.