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Can't access certain websites

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  1. maddarlo

    maddarlo Thread Starter

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    This is a weird one. My computer appears to be fine, but I can't access certain websites that I know to be working because I can get on them fine at work. These include www.bet365.com and www.referback.com and various messageboards.

    Can anyone help?! I just get a "The page cannot be displayed" screen.

    Thanks,

    Andy
     
  2. LuckyStrike

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    Hi,

    Sounds like the sites could be blocked by your hosts file. You could temporarily rename your hosts file to "hostsold" and then see if you can browse to those sites. The default locations for the hosts file are as follows:

    Windows XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
    Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
    Win 98\ME = C:\WINDOWS

    For more info about the hosts file see Here .
     
  3. maddarlo

    maddarlo Thread Starter

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    Bingo! It worked! So if that's a temporary solution, what can I do to make it permanent?

    Thanks for your help,

    Andy
     
  4. LuckyStrike

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    Hi,

    Open your hosts file with wordpad and then search for the address of the web sites you want to access but can't. Delete the appropriate lines and save the changes.
     
  5. maddarlo

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    Great stuff! Thank you very much! Andy
     
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