QuickDNS is a free software application from the Browser Tools subcategory, part of the Network & Internet category.
The app is currently available in English and it was last updated on 2016-05-31. The program can be installed on Win2000, WinXP, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows 8, Windows 10, WinServer, WinOther, Windows2000, Windows2003, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008r2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Tablet PC Edition 2005, Windows Media Center Edition 2005, WinVista, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate, WinVista x64, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Ultimate x64.
What is QuickDNS for?
- It speeds up your browser when it looks up a website.
- It enables your browser to find critical websites even when your DNS
servers are down.
How does it work? Let me explain with a familiar analogy. When you
telephone someone, you either:
- memorise the number.
- look it up in your address book.
- look it up in a paper phone book.
- look it up in some electronic phone book.
- call directory assistance.
When your browser goes to a website, e.g. mindprod.com, similarly, it
needs to look up the number to get the IP 126.96.36.199. Your computer
does this automatically every time you visit a website by first visiting a
computer on the web called a DNS server to look up the name for you.
DNS Lookup vs Hosts. Lookup
There are two problems with this:
- it adds an extra second or more to fetching a web page. It is a bit
like looking up the number in an electronic phone book every time you make
a phone call.
- if there is anything wrong with the DNS server, you are dead in the
water, even if the website you want to visit is fully functional. What
you can do is create a little electronic address book of commonly visited
websites called C:Windowssystem32driversetchosts. The computer does
not have to pester the DNS server to get these numbers. You can create
this file manually with a text editor such as Notepad. You can manually
look up the IPs of your common servers with the ping utility, e.g. on the
command line type: ping mindprod.com
The problem is, from time to time, the IPs change and your browser gets
sent to the wrong IP. You need something to keep the list of IPs up to
date. That is where QuickDNS comes in. You might run it every week or
every time you reboot or every time lookup seems to be failing.
See the online manual for details.
QuickDNS (version 1.1) has a file size of 179.20 KB and is available for download from our website.
Just click the green Download button above to start. Until now the program was downloaded 11 times.
We already checked that the download link to be safe, however for your own protection we recommend that you scan the downloaded software with your antivirus.