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Alex_Harris

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I often view the forums and read the Hi Jack this forums on a weekly basis. I remember reading somewhere that someone had an updated Hosts file that you can use to stop the machine going to undesirable sites. If someone could point me to a link it owuld be great.
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Johanna

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Are you perhaps thinking of Spyware Blaster? It adds a number of sites from its database to your "restricted zone" settings.
http://www.javacools...areblaster.html

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I have read up on spyware blaster, but i am sure it was a small file that added sites to the hosts folder in the c:\windows\system32 folder. I have been looking through the sigs and some of the posts on the Malware removal forum and i cant see it listed. I am sure I read it on here but I honostly cant remember where. Oh well, if I cant find it I cant find it :tazz:
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Actually the hosts file is used to bypass the DNS server. You add the IP address and website url for your favorite websites. If the DNS server is down you can still get to the website. I made my host file read only. That way, malware can't place an IP address in it.....
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If your looking for a good HOST file, the MVPs HOST file is one of the best, refer:
http://www.mvps.org/...p2002/hosts.htm.

You can use their HOST file, but don't disable your DNS client as they have suggested.
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Alex_Harris

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Thats the one i was looking for - thank you Darth_Ash!

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Thanks for posting that Darth. It never dawned on me that we could use 127.0.0.1 for a website address. Near the bottom of the page there are a bunch of interesting troubleshooting articles......
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