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Questions RE: "Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts [Modified} File"

Hello. I found a website that Blocks Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File.
Website: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
I followed the Windows Vista installation detour. So far, I am not getting Spybot to remind me with the annoying "little gems". It sounds like the MVPS Hosts file rids my web browser of all parasites. I am not clear however if this method applies to the entire system or not, that is this procedure needs to be conducted on each user account/profile. Since the Host file is on the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC folder, it sounds like it is system installed, not just user account installed. Need someone to clarify, I may be wrong. Also if you find any questionable issues, please let me know. Thank you!
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montecarlo1987
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bmsjeffCommented:
It is universal

You can test by adding your own, like "www.google.com"  try to go there on each profile.

It doesn't block a parasites, it just prevents your browser from going to a particular site.
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war1Commented:
Greetings montecarlo1987 !

The HOSTS file is a system file, not user only.  So you can apply once per computer. No need to apply to each user account.

The modified HOSTS is as good as the websites it blocks.  New parasite websites are started each day, so the file could be outdated shortly.  So you need to update the parasites list regularly.

Hope this helps, war1
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montecarlo1987Author Commented:
Thank you! This HOSTS file is something new to me. So the fix is only temporary with the modified HOSTS files. Too bad! Changing that often! WOW! Also, I have a question with this HOSTS file. Do other web browsers use THIS SAME FILE too like Firefox, Netscape, and Opera?  ...or do they have they're own means to store information? Where are those for Fireofx, Netscape, and Opera, if different?
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war1Commented:
Yes, all the other browsers use same HOSTS file to resolve DNS.  Consider a HOSTS file as a supplement to your antivirus, antispyware and firewall programs.
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Fridolin MansmannMaster of Business Engineering ManagementCommented:
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war1Commented:
montecarlo1987, any update?
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