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#1 iLoveIceCream


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:56 PM

I tried to block the website itools.cn by adding its IP address to my hosts file. I entered "ping itools.cn" on cmd and it showed the IP address. But instead of putting it0ols.cn to my hosts file, I accidentally added the IP address of the website and the websites domain name. (121.14.---.--- itools.cn).

It was like this. localhost
121.14.---.--- it0ols.cn

What would happen if you accidentally put this on the hosts file? Does it affect your computer or something?

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#2 R0D3R1CK


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:09 PM

Hi iLoveIceCream,

What would happen if you accidentally put this on the hosts file? Does it affect your computer or something?

The entry itself (its mere presence on your computer) doesn't do anything. However, if you tried to access itools[dot]com via a browser, the Hosts file would not serve its purpose: you would visit the site you were trying to avoid.

To truly block the site, use the following line (it seems like you already know that this needs to be done): itools.cn
Once this line is added, any attempt to access the itools site would be unsuccessful, as the IP address is the "loopback" address (it refers to your computer)

If you want more info about the Hosts file, make sure you read The Hosts File and What It Can Do For You

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:23 AM

I'm not sure how much time you spend on editing/adding to your Hosts file, but...

MVPS.org has a customs Hosts file which you can download and use to replace the original one. Doing this is usally easier than editing the Hosts file yourself. For more information read Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File. There are links in the above page with special instructions for users of Windows 7/8 and Vista. There is also a link where you can register to receive update notices.
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