Host Files

Okay, let’s start first with IPv4

The Internet is made up off computer, which are assigned numbers!
IPv4 means there are 4 numbers separated by . (or : in IPv6)

The IP for NGPriest.com is 202.191.61.201, but that’s not much use, since NGPriest is stored on a shared server (along with all the NGPriest Network and NextGeneration Network)

Let’s assume you type NGPriest.com into your browser?

  1. Your computer checks it’s DNS Cache for the IP address for NGPriest.com
    1. Can be cleared using ipconfig /flushdns
    2. Can be registered using ipconfig /registerdns
  2. If it doesn’t exist, it’ll ask the next system in line for the DNS IP
    1. I prefer 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220
  3. Your computer then queries the DNS for the IP
  4. Then your computer sets up a connection with 202.191.61.201 and downloads what you’re reading now?

Okay, in some cases, step 2 and/or 3 may take too long, to fix that problem, some people use the hosts file

Start -> Run -> %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\ -> hosts

And you should open that up in notepad (or any text editor)

Do NOT open it up in MS word or any text processor (since it adds extra coding to your Hosts file and may screw up your internet)

# 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

Okay, to make it easy, we can try

202.191.61.201    NGPriest.com
127.0.0.1    activate.adobe.com <– Hack i found to disable Adobe Activation (which slows down my Dw/Fw/Fl loading times)

So, for those also wondering, just edit the activate.adobe.com line to disable it.
If i decided to remove that “activate.” section, then i’ll block the adobe.com site and won’t be able to download updates to my Ct/Dw/Fw/Fl/ID/Ps

127.0.0.1    google.com
127.0.0.1    yahoo.com

But i haven’t had time to test out the * in the host files yet

And if you’re not sure what you’re doing, don’t play with the Hosts file

And DO make a backup (since you won’t be able to read this if you break the Hosts file)

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