Host Mechanic

April 6th, 2012

Freeware to Edit, Delete or Restore Hosts File in Windows


107 KB 

Date Added:

April 6th, 2012 


OS Support:

Windows Xp / Vista / 7 

License/Program Type:







Editor's Opinion
Host Mechanic - a lightweight, simple to use application designed to help you edit and reset the Hosts file. Free of charge.
Editor's Description
Few are aware of the Hosts file presence in their Windows system and what it stands for. Present in the "%windir%\System32\drivers\etc\" directory, this file is designed to help in assigning network nodes in a given network. Basically it provides a translation between host names and IP addresses with syntax quite simple to understand. Its main function of resolving host names however is used by malicious software in order to redirect the user to a certain online resource automatically or as spyware. For all these occasions and many more an application has been created - Host Mechanic.

What can Host Mechanic do ?

Within a simple to use and convenient graphic user interface, Host Mechanic can assist users in adding new entries in the Host files, restore the default setting or deleting it altogether. When running the application, the Hosts file will automatically be loaded with all contents displayed on the main window.

Custom entries can be added easily enough with IP address and site input. For you only have to define the site.

What's more, you can reset the Hosts file back to default by a press of a button. This comes in handy when dealing with a Hosts file that has been tempered with heavily by malicious software to redirect your browsing to their site or block security update, antivirus actions.

Host Mechanic only takes up 100 KB of disk space and requires no installation - simply extract the contents of the archive and run the executable; this makes it a lightweight and portable solution. Considering it is quite straightforward to use, it is aimed at both advanced and novice users alike. The application works on multiple Windows releases including Xp, Vista and 7. Give it a try for yourself.
For more information, please watch the movie that contains installation and complete features demo
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Host Mechanic Scan reports
avast! 4.8 Scan Report:

* avast! Report
* This file is generated automatically
* Task 'Simple user interface' used
* Started on Friday, April 06, 2012 7:57:17 PM
* VPS: 120406-0, 04/06/2012

C:\Softoxi\Scan\\Host Mechanic\ [+] is OK
C:\Softoxi\Scan\\Host Mechanic\Host Mechanic.exe [+] is OK
C:\Softoxi\Scan\\Host Mechanic\Readme.txt [+] is OK
C:\Softoxi\Scan\ [+] is OK
C:\Softoxi\Scan\ [+] is OK
Infected files: 0
Total files: 5
Total folders: 1
Total size: 309.0 KB

* Task stopped: Friday, April 06, 2012 7:57:17 PM
* Run-time was 0 second(s)

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 Scan Report:

Virus Scan: completed <1 minute ago (events: 8, objects: 5, time: 00:00:00)
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM Task started
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM OK C:\Softoxi\Scan\
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM Archive: ZIP C:\Softoxi\Scan\
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM OK C:\Softoxi\Scan\ Mechanic/
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM OK C:\Softoxi\Scan\ Mechanic/Host Mechanic.exe
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM OK C:\Softoxi\Scan\ Mechanic/Readme.txt
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM OK C:\Softoxi\Scan\
4/6/2012 7:57:22 PM Task completed

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