The host file is best known by administrators for its misuse by malware creators (Pestilent Hordes). In this post I will describe the host file and three good reasons to use it. The hosts file is a non-suffixed file that resides in the following location: c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc Its purpose is to help resolve names to IP addresses much like DNS. The important thing to understand about the Hosts file is that it can be used to preempt DNS queries and thus the reason why Malware providers have been known to misuse the file. Here are some legitimate uses. To find internal … Continue reading Windows: The Hosts file – Three good reasons to use it.