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Update: Nov. 19, 2007Download:hosts.zip (144kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Thanks again, this is my favorite anti-anything file. More useful than av or anti-malware programs... it keeps you from going there in the first place!

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Thanks again, this is my favorite anti-anything file. More useful than av or anti-malware programs... it keeps you from going there in the first place!
While a HOSTS File is an excellent tool, it is not a substitute for an AV App or a Spyware App. However, I do recommend using it as an anti-hijack tool for Browsing. And, you are most welcome :thumbsdown: Silj

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Update: Dec. 10, 2007Download:hosts.zip (145kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Funky Toad's newest version of HostXpert (version 4 link on Winhelp2002's MVPS HOSTS file update page) makes it very easy to get the HOST file on the computer and keep it updated, and be able to edit it on the fly -- which I do to allow things like Emusic.com which is blocked by the HOSTS file due to the downloader software that emusic uses. I don't use that downloader software, so I don't have to worry about that.Also, Winhelp2002's new blog has some great information! :thumbsup:The malware purveyors are so sneaky ... folks like Winhelp2002 and others help to expose their sneaky ways to anyone who wishes to listen and learn!

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Funky Toad's newest version of HostXpert (version 4 link on Winhelp2002's MVPS HOSTS file update page) makes it very easy to get the HOST file on the computer and keep it updated, and be able to edit it on the fly -- which I do to allow things like Emusic.com which is blocked by the HOSTS file due to the downloader software that emusic uses. I don't use that downloader software, so I don't have to worry about that.Also, Winhelp2002's new blog has some great information! :thumbsup:The malware purveyors are so sneaky ... folks like Winhelp2002 and others help to expose their sneaky ways to anyone who wishes to listen and learn!
Glad the file and third-party software work well for you and others :hug: Silj

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Update: Jan. 3, 2008Download:hosts.zip (146kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [JAN-20-2008]Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts Filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htmhttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip (146 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt (641 kb)Note: the "text" version makes a good reference for determining possible unwanted sites.How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts2.htmHOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htmSign up for HOSTS file update noticeshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/updates.htmVisit the Hosts News bloghttp://msmvps.com/blogs/hostsnews/default.aspxSilj

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Update: Feb 9, 2008Download:hosts.zip (148kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: Mar 9, 2008Download:hosts.zip (151kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs.] Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: April 1, 2008Download:hosts.zip (153kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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The MVPS HOSTS File was Recently Updated 22.04.08Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts Filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htmhttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip (154 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt (668 kb)Note: the "text" version makes a good reference for determining possible unwanted sites.How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts2.htmHOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htmSign up for HOSTS file update noticeshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/updates.htmVisit the Hosts News bloghttp://msmvps.com/blogs/hostsnews/default.aspx--The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [April-22-2008]http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htmDownload: hosts.zip (154 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zipHow To: Download and Extract the HOSTS filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts2.htmHOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htmNote: the "text" version makes a great resourcefor determining possible culprits ... (668 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txtSign up for HOSTS file update noticeshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/updates.htmVisit the Hosts News bloghttp://msmvps.com/blogs/hostsnews/default.aspxSilj

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Update: May 18, 2008Download:hosts.zip (157kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: June 5, 2008Download:hosts.zip (157kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: July 8, 2008Download:hosts.zip (159kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: Aug 6, 2008Download:hosts.zip (161kb)How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: Sept. 23, 2008Download:hosts.zip 142 KBHow To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: Oct. 23, 2008Download:hosts.zip 142 KBHow To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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Update: Nov. 25, 2008Download:hosts.zip 144 KBHow To: Download and Extract the HOSTS fileFrequently Asked QuestionsNote: The "text version" also makes a great resource for determining culprit URLs. Note: If you use IE-SPYAD, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpywareGuide Blocklist, SpywareBlaster, a hosts file or any combination of those, please check all protections and re-enable as needed whenever any of the aforementioned is updated. More here

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I seriously appreciate this thread. Recently we've been having an issue at work. One of the people in our small shop (5 guys) wants to stay connected to his MySpace account all day, answering and sending IMs and generally neglecting his work. That was frustrating enough, but then he got a virus from MySpace and it affected another computer on our network. Now my boss is a very easy-going, nice guy, but this needed to stop. Since I set up and maintain our network, it fell to me to find a way to deny access to MySpace. We tried just asking him to stay off that site at work, but he only complied for a short while then fell back into it again. First I tried blocking MySpace on the router. While that should have worked, it didn't. Next I just disabled the wireless connection, since he can't connect wired from where he parks his laptop. That failed when he started connecting through another wireless connection outside our store. Since he's no longer on our network, the boss's only concern now is that he uses the boss's computer to surf MySpace when his pirated connection fails. My boss told him this wasn't acceptable but when he's out of the store and I'm busy, he jumps right on the boss's computer. (The boss found this guy's account still logged in one day, and as a bit of retribution, signed him up as friends with Michael Jackson and Richard Simmons.)Then I remembered this thread. I downloaded the Host file, added "myspace.com" and "www.myspace.com" to the list and installed it on the boss's computer and on the Windows side of mine (just in case). Now all he gets when he tries to log in is "Firefox cannot open this webpage". :thumbsup:

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TeMerc (or anyone):Do you know if the host file can block a specific logon? For instance, say I want to block only a specific account on a site (for example: myspace.com/fred). Can the Host file block that specific URL, or will it only block the whole domain?Yes, I do have a reason for asking. :thumbsup:

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The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [Oct-08-2009]http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htmDownload: hosts.zip (146 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zipHow To: Download and Extract the HOSTS filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts2.htmHOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htmNote: the "text" version makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections ... http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt (602 kb)

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