MVPS HOSTS File Update November-26-2015

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [November-26-2015]

Note: Windows 10 users … the HOSTS file installs with no issues …

Download: (133 kb)

How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file

HOSTS File – Frequently Asked Questions

Note: the “text” version (499 kb) makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections …

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5 Responses to “MVPS HOSTS File Update November-26-2015”

  1. I’ve put in a small donation – thanks for keeping the continuing updates of this file for all these years.

  2. Hi MVPS,

    I and many others are keep to see the hosts list be packaged for Windows 10 Mobile.

    If the OS is truly universal then the name resolution engine must support the same process for UWAs. Can you guys comment on this? Thanks!

  3. Help, Mike! I cannot install the latest version of the custom HOSTS file (11/26/2015). I upgraded to Windows 10 Home on my PC a few months ago, and I AM the Administrator. My HOSTS file is woefully out-of-date (11/12/2014 – I was running Windows 7 Home Premium the last time I updated the HOSTS file). I downloaded the 11/26/2015 zip file and extracted it with no problem. However, when I run mvps.bat (Right-Click, “Run as Administrator”), I get the following error message: “The process cannot access the file because the file is being used by another process”. I made sure that the HOSTS file was unlocked before proceeding. The cmd.exe window states that my HOSTS file has been updated and that the old one has been renamed, but this is not so. The HOSTS file has NOT been updated. I have tried copying the latest HOSTS file and pasting it into the ETC folder, but this fails as well: “The action cannot be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program”. Any help or guidance you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. – Tom Kenning

  4. UPDATE: I believe I found the key in your FAQ! Under one FAQ, I saw one of the “error screens” that I experienced. I use Webroot Secure Anywhere and I searched their database for “HOSTS”. It turns out that one of their shields prevents any application from accessing the HOSTS file. I was able to uncheck this and successfully update the HOSTS file (the 11/26/2015 version). I’m writing in the hope that you will see my issue is resolved and you do not need to respond to my early submission. Also, for anyone who uses Webroot Secure Anywhere, the shield settings are found under “Advanced Settings”. I was informed that my unchecking of this shield might well be overwritten (reversed) since security settings are “controlled” to some extent by Webroot. But I WAS able to uncheck this one shield for the purpose of updating the HOSTS file. I’ll know what to look for next time. Thanks again for your service and I hope you see this updated submission before replying to my previous submission. Thanks again. – Tom Kenning.