How to Reset Hosts File to Default

Note: The hosts file is in C: > Windows > System32 > drivers > etc.

Here is how you can reset the hosts file in Windows 10:

Open Notepad.

Copy and paste the following into the Notepad file:

# 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:


# # source server

# # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.

# localhost

# ::1 localhost

Press Ctrl + S. In the pop-up, specify the following filename: “hosts”

Make sure you have entered the filename with quotation marks as above.

Press the Save button.

Copy or cut the hosts file you have created.

Now go to C: > Windows > System32 > drivers > etc folder.

Change the name of the hosts file as hosts.bak. Hit Continue. Hit Yes.

Paste the previously copied or cropped file into the etc folder. Hit Continue.

That’s all.


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