As is well known by some of the users of HostsCK development stopped in May 2019.
red, the developer, had to quit unexpectedly and do other things and left me to run this website.
Before stopping development he manged to release version 2.2.8 which was going to be the final version.
However, before doing what he had to do he sent me the full, unreleased, code for version 2.2.8 which
contained all of the fixes and improvements that could not be tested in time.
I and three other fellow users of HostsCK have, with our limited coding knowledge, been working on this
unreleased version for a few months.
Thankfully red included detailed instructions on what to do but it has still been a steep learning curve,
we think we’ve managed it and will be releasing it in May at the latest this year.
This will be version 2.2.9, we are calling it the “Community Edition” and it will be the last as we have no
idea how to do any more.
So what’s new?
The way HostsCK starts has been completely re-written. This makes for a slightly faster start time but more
importantly further reduces the chance for errors. The read time for reading the Hosts remains the same.
Search for duplicate entries has been made more compatible with Windows 10. Some users were getting
errors and a program crash. If that happens now HostsCK will check for duplicates in a safer way but the
GUI will become unresponsive.
Hitting Ctrl+F in the main text box gives focus to the search box.
Hitting Ctrl+S in the main text box saves and changes to the Hosts file.
A setting to keep the Hosts writable. Useful if your VPN needs to be able to write to the Hosts.
If Windscribe VPN is detected the Hosts is kept writable anyway.
The language changer is completely re-written and you can now download new language files or updates
A couple of bugs in the check for extra Microsoft blocks fixed.
We are testing the changes now but need some more people to test it. If you fancy testing please contact me,
John, using the contact form. No programming experience is necessary, you will just have to use HostsCK as
you normally would and report any problems.