Modify the Hosts file easily using this simple and portable app that lets you add new entries, delete the Hosts, restore settings to default, as well as back up and restore data
SysMate – Hosts File Walker is an approachable and portable software application that facilitates a user-friendly working environment for helping you manage the Hosts file, the one responsible with the IP address mapping. It sports a few powerful options that are simple to figure out by anyone.
No installation necessary, aside from .NET Framework
Provided that you have .NET Framework installed on your PC, you don’t have to set up anything else, so you can save the app files anywhere and just click the executable to launch SysMate – Hosts File Walker. Administrative privileges are required.
Alternatively, you can move the files to a removable storage unit to run the utility on any PC directly. It doesn’t modify Windows registry settings or create extra files on the disk without your permission, so no traces are left behind after its removal.
Simple interface and options
The GUI is represented by a normal window with a plain and simple structure that contains an example on how the Hosts file should look like.
You can add as many new hosts to the file as you want by specifying the IP address and site (DNS), delete the Hosts file or restore its settings to default, restore the last modified Hosts, as well as back up and restore data. There are no other notable options available here.
Evaluation and conclusion
SysMate – Hosts File Walker worked smoothly in our tests, without causing Windows to hang, crash or prompt error messages. It left a small footprint on system resources, using low CPU and RAM. Thanks to its intuitive interface and options, SysMate – Hosts File Walker can be handled by anyone looking to edit the Hosts file in just a few steps.