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I don't know much about anything, especially Host File. Had the opportunity to download a Host File from some Forum. Don't remember what or where Since then I've had trouble connecting to some pages, especially Microsoft. I realize it is blocking a lot of advertising and that is good.

Wish now I had not done it. Is there a way to go back to what it had before download the MVP Host Files.

If I'm not clear, see the attached.

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You can undo this by going to your C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ and editing hosts.

If you're on Windows Vista, use this:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 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:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
127.0.0.1 localhost
::1 localhost
On Windows 7:
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 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:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost

If you use Firefox I would highly recommend using Adblock Plus paired with Easylist. Not sure if there's an adblocker for Internet Explorer, though I will look into it.

You may also want to read my article about Blocking Malware and Advertisements Safely.

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Thank you for the repy. I should have mentioned that I use Vista. Just a feature of being old!

In addition I use Firefox.

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You'll want to use the top hosts file then. I posted both in case of someone searching for help recovering their hosts file too. :D

For Firefox, definitely install Adblock Plus and use the Easylist.

In the Search box of the Start menu, enter this code:

notepad C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

That will open the hosts file in a Notepad for you to restore.

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You'll want to use the top hosts file then. I posted both in case of someone searching for help recovering their hosts file too. :D

For Firefox, definitely install Adblock Plus and use the Easylist.

In the Search box of the Start menu, enter this code:

notepad C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

That will open the hosts file in a Notepad for you to restore.

Don't know how to thank you enough. What a big help you have been with this. Even at 76 years young I've been able to follow your instructions. I did download and install Adblock Plus and the EasyList.

Again, thank you.

Mudd

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Not a problem, I'm always glad to help.

By the way, I'm looking into an adblocker for you to use on Internet Explorer. Just awaiting feedback on one now. :D

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Not a problem, I'm always glad to help.

By the way, I'm looking into an adblocker for you to use on Internet Explorer. Just awaiting feedback on one now. :D

Don't spend your time on this. I use Firefox most of the time. I have IE 8 and it's OK. Just more familiar with Firefox.

Mudd

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