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Hi,
Why does Spybot fill your hosts file with hundreds of URLs?
Surely that's a big no no.
John
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Some pc users prefer to block unwanted sites using a hosts file, like using WinHelp2002 hosts, or Spybot S&D hosts.
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

You don't have to use Spybot S&D Hosts list, just remove it. I only use Spybot's immunize feature.
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Thanks for your response rpggamergirl, I always thought the only address in the host file should be the local machine 127.0.0.1.
In the page you linked, it has the example 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net. In my naivety, I thought this would point your localhost at ad.doubleclick.net. Are you saying it doesnt?
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>>In the page you linked, it has the example 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net. In my naivety, I thought this would point your localhost at ad.doubleclick.net. Are you saying it doesnt?<<

127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net

No it doesn't, it means the site is blocked.
The above line in your hosts file means that as.doubleclick.net is blocked.
127.0.0.1 is your home address or a loop address, so any line in your hosts file preceeded with that loop address 127.0.0.1 will never connect to that site.

If you want to block a certain website using your hosts file just add a line in your hosts file after a 127.0.0.1 and save, as in --> 127.0.0.1 name of the site here


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Thanks rpggamergirl, something new to add to my tiny knowledge base
John
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Thanks rpggamergirl, you've help tremendously. One last thing

Because the file says 127.0.0.1       localhost, if using 127.0.0.1 blahblah.website blocks blahblah,
how come 127.0.0.1  localhost doesnt block localhost from 127.0.0.1?
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>>how come 127.0.0.1  localhost doesnt block localhost from 127.0.0.1?<<

127.0.0.1 localhost
The above line means localhost is 127.0.0.1...when the hosts file is read, that line tells your pc that the localhost' numerical address is 127.0.0.1

So an entry like the one below always loops back to your pc(localhost).
127.0.0.1 badsite.com
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