Thank you again for your prompt response. Here's the section of the HOSTS file that references coolwebsearch:
# Start of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy
I've been picking the brains of another knowledgable person and it appears that the problem is probably a lack of understanding (on my part) of what happens between typing in an address into the browser and the request going out to the web site so perhaps the "test" that I think is failing is not a valid test?
Some more clues:
- when I "test" to see if the HOSTS file is blocking, if I type in coolwebsearch OR coolwebsearch.com OR http://coolwebsearch.com
the browser gives the expected error message, however,
- when I type in http://www.coolwebsearch.com
the browser DOES take me to what appears to me to be a coolwebsearch site.
So, I wonder what is it that I'm not properly understanding.
Thanks again for your assistance with this.
(No, I have not posted a HJT log yet but I can, if necessary...however I believe the problem here lies between my chair and my keyboard ;-( not inside the machine..
(PS Sorry for the LONG delay)