Info in Hosts file

Posted on 2007-11-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
Why does Spybot fill your hosts file with hundreds of URLs?
Surely that's a big no no.
Question by:jasonbournecia
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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.

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
In the page you linked, it has the example In my naivety, I thought this would point your localhost at Are you saying it doesnt?
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>>In the page you linked, it has the example In my naivety, I thought this would point your localhost at Are you saying it doesnt?<<

No it doesn't, it means the site is blocked.
The above line in your hosts file means that is blocked. is your home address or a loop address, so any line in your hosts file preceeded with that loop address 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 and save, as in --> name of the site here

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Thanks rpggamergirl, something new to add to my tiny knowledge base

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Thanks rpggamergirl, you've help tremendously. One last thing

Because the file says       localhost, if using blocks blahblah,
how come  localhost doesnt block localhost from
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>>how come  localhost doesnt block localhost from<< localhost
The above line means localhost is the hosts file is read, that line tells your pc that the localhost' numerical address is

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

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