Dealing With Internet Connection Interruptions

By: Kevin Souter

The DNS (Domain Name System) servers are what your computer uses to figure out where to go on the internet. www.whatever.com means absolutely nothing to your machine. It’s only with the help of the DNS servers that your computer can figure out what address that domain name correlates to.

There are several methods of hijacking the DNS entries on your PC. The most common, and easiest way to do it is to add false entries into your computers HOSTS file. We’ll cover how to empty that out first:

The HOSTS file is located in a couple of different locations, depending on your Windows version. In Windows XP it is located at C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetchosts (no extension).

In Windows 98/ME it is at C:Windowshosts (also no extension).

Open it up with notepad. The contents of the file should look like this:

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