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It's probably just marked as read-only, possibly the parent directory too. Of course I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that if you knew how to use the HOSTS file properly, you would know how to resolve the issue of not being able to write to it, so take it as a sign from the universe, some deity, or whatever else you choose. There are far more effective methods of doing whatever it is you're thinking of doing, unless you're thinking of running a <10 system LAN and want to be able to use hostnames instead of IP addresses to connect to them. Otherwise, there will be unintended side effects, and no offense intended, but your demonstrated technical skill level means that you are extremely unlikely to ever make the connection. So you might download some HOSTS file from some website, then a few weeks later realize you can't get to some website you want to go to. By this time you've completely forgotten you loaded in that HOSTS file, so when you come back here for help, you won't think to mention it, we'll all waste a lot of time chasing down phantom ideas that won't be successful, everyone's frustrated, you more than most.
I'd strongly advise doing yourself a favor and just giving up on this idea now.
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