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Solved: Can't access certain websites. Why?

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  1. Wintings

    Wintings Thread Starter

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    Recently I have been unable to access certain websites, although most of the sites in my list of Favorites are OK. The "blocked" sites are, however, accessible on my wife's PC, which is on the same home network as my PC (we share the router), so the problem is obviously specific to my PC and is not a case of the website being down or being blocked by our ISP.

    I have tried using several different browsers and have run CCleaner to clean a list which includes Temporary Internet Files, Internet Cache, Internet History, Cookies and DNS Cache, all to no avail. It's probably something quite simple but I've run out of ideas. Can anyone please tell me how to fix this problem?
     
  2. TerryNet

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    What brower(s) are you using?

    What is the exact error message (or the exact symptoms if no error message)?
     
  3. Wintings

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    The error message in Firefox is: "The connection has timed out. The server at (name of website) is taking too long to respond." or in the case of Internet Explorer: "This page can't be displayed".

    I have tried using Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Possibly a firewall issue?
     
  5. Wintings

    Wintings Thread Starter

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    Thanks to a suggestion offered on another help forum I have now resolved this issue. The problem was with my hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts). I renamed it hostsbackup and was then able to access the "blocked" sites.

    I record the solution here in case anyone else on this forum has a similar problem.
     
  6. TerryNet

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    Thanks for posting your solution. Did you determine whether the Hosts file was modified by you, malware or anti-malware application?
     
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    No, I'm not sure what caused the hosts file to go AWOL. Certainly it was knowingly modified by me.
     
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    What were the blocked sites? Facebook, YouTube, Google...?

    Entries unknowingly added to a Hosts file can come from two sources:

    - Malware

    - Security software (MVPS Hosts file, Spybot S & D, etc.)
     
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