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Author Topic: Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?  (Read 209 times)

I D Shukhov

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Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:45:28 am »

(Browsers: So figure out where Chrome or whatever obtains extra DNS information from, if it's not the hosts file. That's a surprise to me because the internet and routing stuff is the layer beneath the app layer, which would be Chrome or other browser.)

Also, notice:

Try clearing the DNS Cache:

1) run cmd.exe as administrator

2) type: ipconfig /flushdns

Sorry, missed that one. I had already tried that too. I just tried again though, but no luck. I'll add that to my original post. – Nick Petrie Mar 7 '1
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Re: Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2018, 09:59:27 am »
I put this in its own thread "because".

About the hosts file:

ChromIUM on Linux Mint does respect the Hosts file. (I had to restart the networking. But a redirect of Facebook to does cause FB to fail with server not found in ChromIUM.

I don't feel like messing with Chrome on Windows again so I'll take your word for it.

Chrome seems to do its own thing networking wise. This MAY be the reason why a couple of years ago when I was setting up motherinlaw's Chrome box, I couldn't get direct IP accesses of her printer (for setup of wifi printing) to work. Even though my experience on every other platform indicated that this was a no brainer.
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Re: Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2018, 07:21:31 pm »
I've replaced linux Chromium with Slimjet. It's basically the same thing with privacy enhancements.  It retains the fast speedy Chrome/Chromium architecture.

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Re: Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 05:27:05 pm »
Chrome is honoring the hosts file now.   It didn't before, even after I typed ipconfig /flushdns as administrator.  Don't really care to investigate what's going on.  Must be some other type of caching other than what flushdns fixes.
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