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Problem with Web Pages being blocked

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Jessica730, Sep 9, 2004.

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  1. Jessica730

    Jessica730 Thread Starter

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    Hello I use Netscape. And for a while now. I've been having a problem where I get an error message "Netscape is unable to connect to so and so". I've been doing some research and have found that the problem is Windows is configured to not connect to the web page or "ad". Now there are sites that I go on where I dont mind adds being blocked. But then there are other sites where I know there's absolutely nothing wrong with them, even if they have an add. And it gets annoying how everytime I try to visit the page I get the message.

    So I guess my question is. Is there a way for me to change the IP Host file to make it so that Windows accepts the web page(s), and doesnt block it?

    Here's hoping there's someone out there who understands what I;m trying to say. :eek:
     
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Open the file \Windows\Hosts
    Search for the URL
    Delete the entry and save the file.

    On WinXP the change is instantaneous, but on Win9x you may need to reboot.
     
  3. Jessica730

    Jessica730 Thread Starter

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    Yes I've tried doing that, and it hasnt worked yet. I still get the message.Even though I went through and deleted all entries related to the url. And rebooted. i've got Windows XP.
     
  4. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Run HiJackThis and copy/paste the log it creates back here.
     
  5. Jessica730

    Jessica730 Thread Starter

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    Whoohoo!! I fixed it. Thanks for the link. I used Hijack'ed this Host file editor instead of notebad. Deleted all the urls that I didnt want to be blocked. And no more error message. Its a relief because it was starting to get really annoying. Thanks again :)
     
  6. mjack547

    mjack547 Malware Specialist

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    Jessica you should still post you hijackthis log here. There could be more on your system that is needed to be taken off
     
  7. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    You should also do a double check as to why the NotePad editing wasn't working. I think it's because the HOSTS file has no extension, and when you do a save, Notepad in it's infinite wisdom, saves it as a TXT file.
    You can confirm by looking in \Drivers\Etc for a HOSTS.txt file.

    And, I think if you go to Explorer > Folder Options and UNselect the option to Hide extensions of Known file types, that the save will work OK.
     
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