Edit HOSTS file to Redirect to a URL?

By Deviouz
Nov 12, 2009
  1. I know how to edit the hosts file to make a connection to a website point to a specified IP address like : www.abc.com

    but is there any way to edit the hosts file to make a connection to www.abc.com instead go to www.nbc.com..??
    www.nbc.com www.abc.com

    or is there something else that needs to be done to make something like this happen..??
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    IP address then sitename

    ie techspot.com

    Will redirect Google.com to TechSpot.com :D
    Edit: Wait, I think I got that the wrong way around, anyway you get the point
    Edit2 Doh. I did get it the wrong way around (I just checked) The above will make https://www.techspot.com/ go to Google.com

    You can find all IPs of Websites here: http://www.selfseo.com/find_ip_address_of_a_website.php
    There's a few of these sites, I just chose one at random ;)

    Google updates (changes) its IP often, so the above example may not work always
  3. Deviouz

    Deviouz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    like i said i already know how to do that part...
    what im asking is to have it redirect to like a specified URL instead of an IP address...!!!
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    Thats what I just did above
    The User does not need to type in an IP or anything

    If they type in: https://www.techspot.com/ it will then go to Google

    YOU on the other hand, Must find the IP address of the site that you are redirecting to

    By the way, after you edit and save the Hosts file
    You will need to run CCleaner, before opening your browser
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