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Spybot, Hosts And Messenger 8.1


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#1 Bill Z

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 03:54 AM

Dear Forum,

I have just installed Spybot search and destroy to remove virus (see other topic) and it amended the hosts file. I understand that this is good as I believe it blocks access to bad sites.

Unfortunately Messenger 8.1 has detected the change and has decided that MSN sites are being blocked, so it will not connect.

I can change the hosts back to just the 127.0.0.1 (what Windows say) but surely I should be allowed to alter the hosts file to block bad sites.

I have regularly had this problem.

Hope you are keeping well,

All the Best

Bill Z

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 12:51 PM

Hosts File FAQS
How to Use a Hosts File
Hosts File Tutorial
Blocking Unwanted Sites with a Hosts File

You can open your HOSTS file with notepad and edit it to remove any entries related to Messenger 8.1.

It can be found in these default locations:
Windows Vista -> C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows XP -> C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Windows 2K -> C:\WInnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Windows 98 -> C:\Windows\hosts
Windoes ME -> C:\Windows\hosts

You also might want to try the MVPS HOSTS File or another one of the Free On-Line Custom Hosts Files .(scroll down about half way)

If you need an editor, you can download and use HostsMan or HostsXpert - Hosts File Manager.
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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:26 PM

Dear Quietman,

Thanks for the help.

I installed the MVPS hosts file and now Messenger works.

This indicats Spybot hosts has something in it Microsoft doesn't like but ..... not for me to say.

Hope you are keeping well,

All the Best

Bill Z

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:35 PM

Your welcome. Glad to hear it worked. :thumbsup:
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