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ebonner

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when I open my hosts files (through systems32 --> drivers --> etc) through notepad or word, there are no IP addresses except for 127.0.0.1 localhost.

Where are all of my hosts files? I need to view them because numerous websites won't load on my computer.

Any ideas?
 
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It sounds as though you have found the default hosts file that comes with Windows. As far as I am aware, you have to amend the file yourself to add IP addresses or URL's you want to block, or install a third party one, such as the one that comes with Spybot Search & Destroy.

Wikipedia info here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_file (which includes a list of hosts files that are available for download). I find my Spybot Hosts file by doing an 'all files and folders' search, although I'm sure there's a smarter way to get to it!
 

ebonner

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I don't have websites that I want to block, I just have websites that won't load (such as yahoo for my email, facebook, etc.)

Do you know any solutions to that?
 

Frank4d

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There are several possible causes for some websites not loading. If you hosts file contains only 127.0.0.1 localhost, that isn't it. Can you provide some examples of sites that won't load?
 

ebonner

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yahoo, facebook, myspace, cbssports, weather.com, are a few examples.

google will open it's main page but won't let me search.

some will work and some won't. either it will say "waiting on www.___.com" in the bottom left hand corner or it will say "page cannot be displayed" or something similar.
 
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