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Hostess is a free utility for maintaining your HOSTS file. Unlike many HOSTS file utilities, Hostess is geared towards ad-blocking rather than IP address resolution. Hostess stores your host entries in a database that is indexed to eliminate duplicates and make searching fast and easy. It also allows you to group these hosts for efficiency and ease of maintenance.

Installing the program is also easy: just create a directory, extract the contents of the zip file into it and create a shortcut to Hostess.exe. No registry changes are made, and all program settings and data are stored in the program directory.

Messing with the HOSTS file is not for the inexperienced user. There is the possibility of undesirable and sometimes difficult to troubleshoot effects on your Internet and network connectivity. The documentation included with Hostess gives only a basic overview of how the HOSTS file works. Better sources of such information can be found by doing a web search for "HOSTS file". Hostess has been designed to make things easy for the experienced HOSTS jockey, someone that wants a fine degree of control over what goes into (and stays out of) their HOSTS file.

Recent Revisions

Sunday, March 23, 2008 - Hostess 4.1
Hostess now supports imports and exports in plain text format! The command line options were reworked to allow for the new features, and the menu shortcuts were updated so they don't conflict with common text editing shortcuts like Ctrl-V for Paste.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 - Vista feedback wanted
I still haven't heard from any Vista users whether the requireAdministrator manifest I linked in makes things any easier for you. I am also curious to hear from anybody that uses themes, in Vista or XP. Send me a screenshot if anything looks wacky (or exceptionally cool)!
Saturday, November 24, 2007 - Hostess 4.0 Released
Hostess 4.0 has been in beta for two months and is now ready for general release. Over the course of the beta, I received one (1!) bug report, and a number of good feature ideas, some of which have been incorporated into the program. This release marks the end of the line for Hostess 3.1. See the What's New in 4.0 section of the main Help page for a summary of the biggest changes since v3.

Download

If you are upgrading from a previous version of Hostess (beta or 3.x) be sure to read the special upgrade instructions in the help or readme.txt!

hostess41.zip
Hostess 4.100, 2008-03-23 - 895K
Unzip using folder names - the html-based help lives in a subdirectory.
edexgif.zip
My homemade images for eDexter. Very small, yet they scale well - 7K

If you like Hostess, you may find some of my other free utilities of use. They're over on my Delphi page. If you're not interested in the source code, just unzip the program's EXE file.

Help

This is the same help that comes with the program. Once inside, click the logo at the top left to return here.

Hostess 4 Help

Contact Information

To contact me with questions, comments or suggestions about Hostess, send me email at hostess at raymarron dot com.

If at all possible, please use the email link on Hostess' About box. This will include the full program version in the subject of the message.

Awards

Softpedia 100% FREE Award 2005-04-18