Windows live messenger Hosts file error

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
MSN Messenger can't connect, when I use trooubleshoot it gives me error on Hosta files as my account works fine on other machines.
please advice what I can do.

Question by:Mostafa_ElSadek
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    Accepted Solution

    The HOSTS file does not contain any files, only IP addresses and URLs in text form. The HOSTS file can be used to block advertisements, malware, parasites, drive-by installers, etc, tho' very few people take advantage of this extremely powerful file, so it's usually empty and not helping you at all.

    It's quite possible that you recently modified the HOSTS file yourself, or by using a third-party security program that modifies it for you. As a result, you may have given the program the OK to do something with the HOSTS file that blocks you from connecting to the .NET servers. Reverse what you did with the program, or REM out the line manually and you should be able to logon again.

    The above is a snip-it from:
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    Expert Comment

    You can also try an uninstall or upgrade.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Wayne Barron
    go here
    Open the file   hosts
    With notepad.

    It should look like this.

    If you have any more entries besides the       localhost

    Then post them here.

    # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    # For example:
    #          # source server
    #              # x client host

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    Expert Comment

    by:Wayne Barron
    Sorry that would be

    (I have a custom installed system, so my XP is WINNT instead of WINDOWS)


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