Hosts file changes

From: Bill (nobody_at_home.now)
Date: 09/20/04


Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 15:10:27 -0700

After making changes to my hosts file, can I make changes take effect
immediately without a reboot? (XP Pro) If so, how?

Is there any wildcard or other way to specify, for example, all possible
domains on a domain name? ie let's say xyz.net hosts a.xyz.net, b.xyz.net,
c.xyz.net, 123.abc.xyz.net, etc. I am asking for blocking purposes, not
access purposes - there are sites I want completely blocked from DNS
resolution.

Thanks in advance.

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