Restore File Hosts to factory defaults in Windows

The ” Hosts ” file is an important system file in Windows operating systems that maps hostname to IP address. Its a simple text file is stored in the folder ” C: Windows System32 drivers etc ” in 32-bit versions of Windows operating system. In 64-bit versions it is also can be stored in the folder ” C: Windows SysWOW64 drivers etc “.

The hosts structure is very simple. It contains lines of text containing the IP address followed by the hostname.

Sometimes this Hosts file gets attacked by viruses, adware, spyware or trojan software and is modified to redirect your web browser to various websites containing malicious code. It can also block security websites and Windows Update websites in your system so that you cannot install security updates and antivirus in your operating system.

If you are also facing a similar issue, you should check the Hosts file and make sure it contains the defaults. To reset the hosts to default, you can follow these simple steps:

Note: If you do not want to do it manually, you can download the default hosts file or download the tool that automatically sets the Hosts file back to default released by Microsoft.

Restore the Hosts file to default

Step 1. Click

or enter the search box in Start

Step 2. Now you will see a file called hosts in the folder open.

Khôi phục File Hosts về mặc định ban đầu trong Windows

Step 3. Open the file in Notepad and replace its contents with the following line:

For Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 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

# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# :: 1 localhost

For Windows Vista and Server 2008:

# 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

127.0.0.1 localhost
:: 1 localhost

For Windows XP and Server 2003:

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 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

127.0.0.1 localhost

Step 4. Save the file and you have reset the hosts file to default. by removing the “.txt” extension. Good luck!