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Some sites blocked, need help

By macx
May 23, 2008
  1. XP Pro sp2, latest Firefox, NoScript, Adblock Plus, SSD, AVG anti spyware, current ZoneAlarm security suite.

    Every once in awhile there are some sites I just can't open no matter what I do. That incl going into FF tools and allowing cookies for the site, allowing add ons for the site, etc. Even have tried turning off the security apps one at a time to no avail. No Scripts fully allowed. Also tried using Safari, no avail.

    I'm stumped.

    Appreciate any advice!
  2. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Your hosts file may have some naughty entries in it. If you browse to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc you will find your hosts file. You can open it up with notepad and it should look like this unless you have installed a program that has modified the file.

    # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    # For example:
    # rhino.acme.com # source server
    # x.acme.com # x client host localhost

    If there are other entries in this file you may want to delete them
  3. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Actually below that you may have

    #Start sites added by Spybot

    A lot of sites

    #End sites added by Spybot

    Everything between those entries is normally ok, it blocks you from going to known bad sites. If there is a site in there that you absolutely have to go to.

    Launch spybot -> make sure its on advanced view -> select tools in left pane -> double click hosts file -> then you can add/remove entries to prevent spybot just re-editing your hosts file.
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