Hostal
Hostal 1.5
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IP address mapping tool.   Shareware ($9.99)
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Hostal is a user friendly DNS database software for novices and advanced users. Allows local IP address mapping by creating a Hosts file for your computer. Local IP mapping can help speed up Web surfing, and allows content filtering and privacy protection by blocking designated hosts. Hostal ships with a large database of advertising and adult content sites and easily allows you to customize or add your own. Hostal supports Time to Live to prevent stale host mappings. For users on a network, Hostal detects an existing Hosts file and incorporates those settings as well. Hostal supports
What's New
Version 1.5:
  • Adds penny auction site blocking
  • Adds CSS style sheet for ad blocking in Safari
  • Codesigned for Gatekeeper
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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GeoProf commented on 22 Dec 2013
Two questions:

1) This hasn’t been updated in a year and a half. Is Northern Softworks still managing its "large database of advertising and adult content sites” and updating our apps when it calls home, or has that feature been abandoned too?

2) What happens if I uninstall Hostal from my OS 10.6.8 iMac? Will there then be 2 Hosts files but no app to recognize/integrate the one created by Hostal, and therefore the original Host file would take over? Any other lingering issues caused by uninstalling?
[Version 1.5]


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GeoProf commented on 30 Sep 2011
DOES NOT WORK ON LION (10.7.1).
[Version 1.4.8]

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PorkPieHat replied on 30 Sep 2011
That’s a shame, I’d like an easy way to block things via the Hosts file, which I’ve never done before but have heard much about.
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BiL-C reviewed on 05 Mar 2011
Hostal makes editing your hosts file is really simple, plus DNS lookups, ad filtering and host blocking make this a fantastic utility. Speed up connections to web sites you visit frequently by adding them to your hosts file. Map local network resources (printer, TiVo, etc) to DNS names so you can refer to them by an easy to remember name instead of the IP address.
[Version 1.4.6]


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Downloads:11,074
Version Downloads:782
Type:Utilities : Network
License:Shareware
Date:26 Jun 2012
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $9.99
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Hostal is a user friendly DNS database software for novices and advanced users. Allows local IP address mapping by creating a Hosts file for your computer. Local IP mapping can help speed up Web surfing, and allows content filtering and privacy protection by blocking designated hosts. Hostal ships with a large database of advertising and adult content sites and easily allows you to customize or add your own. Hostal supports Time to Live to prevent stale host mappings. For users on a network, Hostal detects an existing Hosts file and incorporates those settings as well. Hostal supports exporting hosts files for different platforms. Easy to use database makes managing a Hosts file a snap.


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