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Offline chris635

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Hosts file
« on: March 02, 2012, 02:03:36 PM »
Hi Shane

  Do you recommend changing the host file for better security and speed?

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Re: Hosts file
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 04:37:08 PM »
I don't touch mine. :cheesy:

Here is why. On a few of my customers machines they where complaining about their internet loading pages slowly.

This was because they used spybot and it added over 4000+ entries to the host file.

The thing is every single connection you make has to loop through that host file!

Once the connection is made your fine so downloading files is still full speed. But when loading a web page dozens of connections are made and so the host file is looped through dozens of times just to open one page.

Their system was slower and so you could really feel a slow down. Other people have used it and notice only a small slow down.

I keep my java and flash up to date. As along as those are up to date (and I use firefox) I haven't got it with a virus in years. :wink:

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Re: Hosts file
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 04:37:08 PM »