You are right, Spybot uses it to prevent these sites from showing up in your browser, so you never see them.
Some of these can stop some of the adds from showing us on web pages that you are veiwing.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Carl" <Ctm007@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 1:53 PM
Subject: [pcductape] Re: Hosts file
Hi Bob, Hi Pam, Hi Trapper,
Bob is right. The host file only contains the number 127.0.0.1; see my hosts file contents below.
However, I also have a hosts file in the Spybot directory and it shows 1,019 websites are with the number 127.0.0.1 before it. I guess Spybot is redirecting those websites probes to a loop?
Located at c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
# 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
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 18.104.22.168 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 22.214.171.124 x.acme.com # x client host
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Noble" <bnoble@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 12:10 PM
Subject: [pcductape] Hosts file
So do a search under the start button for hosts. Check what you find with notepad.
The only number addresses you find in there should be what they call the null one. 127.000.000, I think.
If there are any other number addresses, they are redirect addresses.
When you type in an address in your browser or activate an address anywhere, it first checks this file for the name address. If it finds the name in here, it will send it to the number address listed. If the address is not found, it will go to the dns server and do do the name number conversion. Name addresses can be redirected here, if one enters the web Ip number address for any name address.
So, if you find another number in here, just delete the name and number and save.
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