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Firefox/IE unable to load links for host servers


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Hello,

I have been trying to load links from a website, for eg., www.fatwallet.com, to get to a company's website which I understand go through host servers (such as: click.linksynergy.com or www.qksrv.com), but I get an error display either on Firefox or IE, that the connection cannot be established. After some discussion with my friends, I was asked to check my host files and to put a comment in front of the host server address if it appears in the host file. I have tried that already, and it worked fine for a while but doesn't work anymore. I don't have a firewall at this point. I tried turning off the TeaTimer, Spysweeper etc. but apparently nothing works and I continue to get the message "problem in establishing a connection"

Please help,
thank you so much.
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A lot of these things move from host server to host server

Just as a test, try moving your HOST file out of the
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc

directory for a moment

Does the problem persist? If not, the website has moved and you will need to find what server it now resides on and comment that line as well
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply :-)

My host file has been on my desktop for quite sometime as I had moved it from it's original location. I started the #commenting# procedure only after I had moved it to the desktop. Would you want me to move it back to the Windows/system32?

As far the host servers are concerned, I think it's still the same, because when Firefox tries to go through those host servers, it correctly identifies the server and displays the name/address if it cannot establish a connection. And I am saying it based on my experience with fatwallet.com, the example that I mentioned in my original email.

Please advise :whistling:
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if your host file is on you rdesktop, it is no longer in use.

The host file must be in the
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc

location for Windows to use it

(or am I misreading you?)
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whoops!!..

you absolutely didn't misread me..

Stupid me.. :blink: I made a copy of the Hosts file and put it on my desktop.. and continued to comment in that file. Obviously, the one in the windows/system32 wasn't changing at all.. Anyway, I just figured out that the original file is still in the /../../etc directory, (and guess what.. I missed the etc dir last time) without any comments in it. :help:

Although the interesting and the mysterious part is that it has worked the last few times when I put comments in the file that was on my desktop.. and I don't know how and why..

O well, all is well that ends well

thanks a lot for your help
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odd, the desktop hosts file should have no effect
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you might consider using something like hosts manager

http://www.majorgeek...ager_d4568.html

you can edit the host file without going digging for it and leaving it in place
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Thank you once again, it's a very handy tool.

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