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  1. suhjonathan97

    suhjonathan97 Thread Starter

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    I downloaded the HOSTS file from winhelp2002.mvps.org, hoping it would better my security. However, now some pictures that used to show either show the "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage." or just have the X box thing. I'm guessing this problem results from the new HOSTS file. What should I do? Should I revert to my old file? If so, then how can I do this?

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  2. Doug Vitale

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    Hi, I actually just made a blog post about this topic yesterday. If you want to revert back to the default Windows hosts file, follow the "Fix It" link to Microsoft.com.

    How to block malware with the hosts file

    By the way, if certain graphics are being blocked in your browser, that's probably a good thing because they are being hosted on websites that are included in the MVPS list of "parasites".
     
  3. Squashman

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    If memory serves me correctly the MVP hosts file download gives you instructions for using it and reverting back to your old hosts file. So RTM.
     
  4. hewee

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    Any hosts file need to be keep up to date.

    With a hosts file manager you can keep them updated.

    http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

    I use HostsMan and you can with Admin rights do everything and edite the hosts file etc.

    A couple ways to deal with a site is...
    If you go to a site all the time then disable the hosts file.
    You most close the Browser down and open it again with you enable or disable or make any change to hosts file so the Browser will see the changes.

    Now look and see where the images were are blocked coming from with hosts file disable.
    If you know then go to hosts file manager and open it and do a search.
    You may see some listed twice but for just images I don't think so. Twice I mean one with the www. and another without at the start of the link.
    Put a check or # to disable that link. It will now remember it even after you update and over write the hosts file with a new hosts file.

    You can then also edit what hosts files you want to use because it has more then one to pick from.
     
  5. Phantom010

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    Instead of modifying the Hosts file, I use SpywareBlaster. It does basically the same thing, without touching the Hosts file. It contains 14771 items in its database, which is quite enough for me. I enjoy a relatively ad free Internet with very few noticeable errors on Web pages, and absolutely no negative effect on browsing speed.

    On occasions, I'll manually add an ad hosting site to the Internet Explorer Restricted sites (that's what SpywareBlaster does + blocks a long list of tracking cookies) when a specific website is showing ads I don't want.
     
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