How to Use Gas Mask to Edit Mac Hosts File

Gas Mask is simple hosts file manager for Mac OS X. It allows editing of host files and switching between them.

The Mac hosts file is located inside a folder /etc/hosts which used by OS system to map the hostnames (domain name) to IP addresses.

104.28.18.110 geekussion.com

The Use of Mac Hosts File

  1. To block the site’s page. You can use the Mac hosts file to block harmful sites like porn sites, or to block social media that may gets you unproductive, like block facebook.
  2. To block advertisements. Besides blocking ads, it can also block banners, 3rd party cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers.
  3. To propagate DNS when the hosting is moved. If you plan to move your site’s hosting to other providers, and you want the process runs faster without you need to wait for DNS propagation, then you can redirect the site’s address to the new IP hosting.

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Sometimes you deal with this: “This Item Isn’t Available In Your Country” the android apps that you want to download turn out to be not available in your country. Some android apps intentionally set to be distributed in certain
permitted countries. So, how to download the android apps?

BOOM! When I want to install apps from google play store, but not the INSTALLbutton that appears instead a warning that reads This Item Isn’t Available In Your Country.

So, How To Fix Download Android App which is not Available in Your Country from Play Store?

Some android apps intentionally set to be distributed in certain permitted countries.
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How to Block Facebook on Computer without Software

You should block facebook on your windows PC now! Why?

If you spend more than 2 hours/day using your facebook account, whether on your PC and your smart-phone, this may be a symptom that you are addicted to facebook, which is not really good if we can’t say it is bad.

Facebook.com reveals that, in average, American people spend a minimum of 40 minutes to surf and have other activities on their facebook accounts.

Facebook Addiction

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Do you know that Facebook addiction will drop not less than 50% of your productivity rate in doing work or other important activities? In addition, for children in the school-age to spend more time on facebook means less time for studying and doing their homeworks.

How much are you addicted to facebook? On what level is your facebook addictionlevel? Is it 0-5, 6-10, 11-20, or even more than 21?

If you have fallen into a facebook addict category, then it is time for you to block your facebook access from now on, at least to reduce your addiction level.
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Want to keep track of what your children or your employees have been doing?

Having suspicion on your spouse?

Try to ‘spy’ them using mSpy, the best spying software, with more features available and cheaper price using mSpy coupon code. You can see where your children are right now and have no reason to worry about them.
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How to Highly Compress Files Using WinRar

You are planning to send a file or folder to your friends via e-mail but the file you want to send contain very large size. … then you are trying to reduce the file size by compressing it using WinRar. Does it work properly? Is it effective enough? Do you think that when you compress the […]

You are planning to send a file or folder to your friends via e-mail but the file you want to send contain very large size.

… then you are trying to reduce the file size by compressing it using WinRar.

Does it work properly? Is it effective enough?

Do you think that when you compress the file using WinRar, it will make the size 50% smaller than its original size?
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Do you want install winrar on mac for opening .RAR file? WinRar software is indeed available for Mac, but only for command line and it has no GUI interface.

You’ve just already downloaded archive files from website or received attachment file from e-mail in .RAR format. You need to open the file format on your Mac OS X, but you don’t know what to do.

Then, how are the steps to open/extract .rar archive file on Mac OS X?

Notes: Mac actually has a build-in app called Archive Utility; but the application does not support .RAR file format archive.

Therefore, for the RAR file types we need additional third-party applications.

If you are a user of Windows PC, you know that WinRar works to compress and extract files with .RAR format.

Anyway, can we install WinRar software on Mac?
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Right now I am using WinRar with Arabic language. How can I change the language setting into English? Note: This instruction is applicable for all languages, like Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. How come you install WinRar with local language that you don’t understand at all? Well, It usually happens because you’re downloading the WinRar installer […]

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Right now I am using WinRar with Arabic language. How can I change the language setting into English?

Note: This instruction is applicable for all languages, like Russian, Spanish, and Chinese.

How come you install WinRar with local language that you don’t understand at all?

Well, It usually happens because you’re downloading the WinRar installer from the forum, and not from its official website. 1

In WinRar, you won’t find any menu to change the language setting on software display.
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How to Repair WinRar Unexpected End of Archive

You have completed the downloaded file of .ZIP or .RAR, and now you want to open that archive file type by extracting using WinRar. But, it happens again. A frustrating error message comes across, stating, WinRar unexpected end of archive. What does that error message mean? Well, this means that the .zip or .rar file you […]

You have completed the downloaded file of .ZIP or .RAR, and now you want to open that archive file type by extracting using WinRar.

But, it happens again. A frustrating error message comes across, stating, WinRar unexpected end of archive.

What does that error message mean?

Well, this means that the .zip or .rar file you were trying to download was incomplete or corrupted.

Causes of Errors

Not fully downloaded. The error message of “WinRar unexpected end of archive” encountered when you were trying to extract the .zip or .rar file was probably because the download process was not fully complete.

Such error happened for variety of reasons as listed below:

  • The .zip or .rar file is big file size (>1 GB)
  • The internet connection is not stable, like RTO (Request Time Out).
  • The download process is done through browser. When the network is not connected, the download process stops and displays a complete download, as in fact it is corrupted.

Solution:

You should check the file size. Compare the file size of the downloaded file with the file size information in the link site.

When file is corrupted…

Redownload. If you found that the downloaded file is smaller than in the link site, it means that your file is corrupted, so you need to redownload it.

Notes: You should not download file directly from the browser, but do that using a software download manager like free download manager.

By using the software download manager, when the network is not connected, the download process will stop, but you can still resume it when the network reconnected.

When file is not corrupted…

Repair. One solution you can run when you found the downloaded file size is as it is in the link site information is by repairing that file.

Winrar itself has inbuilt feature which works to repair the corrupted file archives.

  1. Open file with WinRar. Right click on file and choose open with WinRar or open file.
  2. Repair File. File -> Tools -> Repair
  3. Select the RAR or ZIP. Choose “Treat the corrupt archive as” based on your file archive.Winrar-Treat-the-corrupt-archive-as
  4. Repairing process. In case a message pop up when repairing process as “recovery record found” it is likely that the recovery process will succeed.
  5. Repairing done. After completion of the repair process, then click on Close button.
  6. Do the extract. You can do that through Commands -> Extract without confirmation.

Summary:

In order to prevent error message “winrar unexpected end of archive” when extracting archive files, make sure your internet connection is stable and use a software download manager to download.

The first thing you can do to repair the files is by using the inbuilt function, an innate feature of the WinRar itself.

CCleaner Tutorial: Best Settings for CCleaner

How to Make the Right and Proper Advanced Settings

CCleaner is a windows tool that can be used to increase the Windows® performances. It can, however, be fatal to use if you set it wrong, i.e., may cause your Windows® to crash or to have slight errors while running them. This may occur if the file needed to run Windows® was deleted by the CCleaner.

While it is said that the CCleaner may improve your computer performances, the truth may or may not be the opposite (rather than make your computer operates faster it may also make it slower) depending on the settings you made. How come?

So, how to set the CCleaner right and properly?

Let’s start with knowing what it is first.

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Hosts File Editors for Windows

Hosts File Manager & Editor is a tool used to ease you in modify windows hosts file without having to open the %SystemRoot%system32driversetchosts,folder. With interface of tables, makes it easier for you to input the host name and IP Addresses. The Host files can be used to block ads in order to improve your internet connection speed as well as to block certain unnecessary or unwanted websites.

Hosts File Editor is Tools for easily modify windows hosts file without having to open the %SystemRoot% folder

What is Host File?

Hosts File is a computer system file in the form of plain text file (hosts) which is used by the operating system to point hostname or domain name into IP addresses.
For instance:

102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com

If we type the URL rhino.acme.com above, we will be redirected to 102.54.94.97. This is the computer IP address at which the site rhino.acme.com is being kept.

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Access Denied when Editing Host File

The Host File is located in the system folder of your computer, more precisely in the, SystemRoot%system32driversetchosts. That said to be able to edit it you need to have administrator right privilege to access it. Without having the administrator right, you will not be able to edit this file, following the warning message “Access Denied errors” upon trying to change, add, and edit the hosts file.

Hosts File Functions

The Host File can be used for various purposes, such as:

1. Block annoying Ads and Banners. You may have visited certain websites that have poor display having full of ads and banners. This obviously is annoying. In order to cope with this problem, you may use adblock add-ons or you may also block the URL of the ads directly with the host file. So you do not have to see the commercial ads in websites, also your internet connection will not be used for this wasted traffic.

Example: 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net

2. Block p*rn and social media sites. To prevent your children from accessing p*rn sites or social media sites like block facebook, you can block those sites by using the host file.

Example: 127.0.0.1 facebook.com

3. Redirect Website. This can be used to redirect access from p*rn sites and social media sites to more valuable sites. For instance, redirecting facebook site access to Wikipedia as well as redirecting any access from certain p*rn sites to youtube.

Example:
192.35.26.96 facebook.com # Redirect facebook to Wikipedia
192.35.26.96 www.facebook.com # Redirect facebook to Youtube

In order to get the IP address of certain website, you can use Command Prompt and type “ping www.urlsites.com”.

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Example: ping www.wikipedia.org

Pinging www.wikipedia.org [198.35.26.96] with 32 bytes of data:

Top 7 Host File Manager & Editor Tools for Windows

There is plenty of software that can be used to make it easy for you for editing the host file. All the tools described below are freeware.

1. Notepad

Notepad is built-in windows software. All computers running windows have this tiny sized software. It can be used to edit the host file easily.

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You just need to open your Notepad and make sure that you choose “Run as Administrator” before opening the program. You can then browse the hosts file located in %SystemRoot%system32driversetchosts.

Despite the easiness of use, there are, however some rules to follow in editing the host file by using Notepad. Some of those rules are:

  • 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.

2. Hosts File Editor

The software has quite small size, it is only 976 kb. You need to install it first before using it to edit the host file.

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It has modest and easy-to-use interface. It shows host file in form of table with three columns consisting of IP address, Host Names and Comment.

It has archive feature where you can save multiple version of your host file.

For instance: ads blocking version, social media blocking version, and p*rn sites blocking version. Its use is that of, for example, while working you can activate the social media blocking version of the host file to help you focus more on your job. After finishing the job you can activate others version of the host file by choosing other archive or even disable the host file.

Download Link: HostsFileEditorSetup-1.0.0.msi [ 943 kb]

3. Host Mechanic

Host Mechanic is developed by Hackerpunk1. It is a freeware with 201 kb as its size.

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It has very simple interface, with form IP Address and Form Site feature that can be used to add them into the hosts file.

Nonetheless, the host mechanic does not have feature of editing the hosts file, rather just add, restore and delete the host file.

Download link: Host-Mechanic.zip [107 kb]

4. Host Profiles Management

Host Profiles Management is Free and Open Source Software. It is produced in various versions of windows and also Linux.

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It is portable and has size of only 210 kb. The interface is very simple as well, the hosts file editor in text form, almost the same as when you use notepad.

You can add, delete, and edit, and even then can click apply & Flush DNS.

Download link: HostProfiles 1.2 for Win.zip [ 134 kb]

5. Advanced Hosts Editor

Advanced Hosts Editor. This small tool has size of 254 kb and it is a freeware. It has simple interface with two tabs, assistant and host file editor.

Advanced-Hosts-Editor

There is particularly one feature that I like the most in this tool, it is the feature of last visited hosts. With this feature, we can see what sites are recently loaded, and if there are suspicious activities you can then block them right away if necessary.

As for the Tab Hosts file, it is the usual tab editor as found in using the notepad.

Download link: Advanced_Hosts_Editor_1.3_Beta1.zip [ 253 kb ]

6. BlueLife Hosts Editor

It is portable and has size of 500 kb. It has simple user interface, almost like the Hosts File Editor.

blueLife-Hosts-Editor

 

However, it has more complete features, such as: editor, import, export, backup manager; flush DNS cache and enable or disable DNS client service.

The editor itself has feature of resolving domain name. In addition, you can also view the host file in the editor either in text form or in table form.

Download link: bl_hosts_editor.zip [ 495 kb ]

7. HostsMan

It has two versions, installer version [2.84 MB] and portable version [3.39 MB]. I personally recommend using the portable version so that you do not need to install it.

hostsMan-Editor

It has quite complete features, they are:

  • Hosts Editor, having option to edit using text editor (notepad) and also HostMan Editor. You can add, delete, and edit the host file as well as add Comments.
  • Built-in hosts file updater. You can download the hosts file from various host file provider like MVPs.org
  • Enable/Disable hosts file. To be able to access the sites that you have already blocked temporarily, like social media for example, you can disable it.
  • Scan hosts for errors, duplicates and possible hijacks. This feature is useful for checking whether there is a mistyping when you add the IP address and also the Host Name.
  • Hosts file backup manager, functions as tools to backup the host file.
  • Exclusion list. If you don’t want to block certain sites, then you can put the URL of the sites by using this feature.
  • Import and Export. This feature function is to add list(s) into the host file that you downloaded previously from reputable provider sites.

Download Link: HostsMan_4.5.102.zip [3.5 MB]

Conclusion

With the help of the tools described above, we can easily change, add, delete, and even disable the host file, and most importantly, they can be used free-of-charge (freeware).

After personally testing the 7 hosts file editor tools above, I think that Hostman is the most complete and highly recommended tools.

Nevertheless, I personally edit the host file most of the time with Notepad.

It is worth mentioning that I am interested in the feature that Advanced Hosts Editor provides in the assistant tab, that is, the last visited hosts.

Note: Make sure to always run the above tools with the option of Run as Administrator.

What Host File Editor do you usually use?

What kind of sites that you block in your host file?