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I have an issue with the host files on local computer connected to domain.   The host files entires are not recogniezed by IE but work with firefox.  I allready checked it on few computers in the network and they have the same issue.  I also log on to same machines with local credentials vs domain and it works on IE.  The host files were checked multiple times and everything is correct.  

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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
ID: 36522773
Do you have a proxy configured in IE?  That may be intercepting your requests and responding to them. thus bypassing your local hosts file.
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by:Andrew Cliff
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Can you check the permissions on the host file? Do domain users have read access?
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by:itconsultant1
ID: 36523435
The IE has the Proxy offf and the permissions are correct as the domain users are admins
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by:itconsultant1
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The permissions are correct and IE has no proxy
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by:warddhooghe
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what if you ping the hostname that IE cannot resolve? it might be the search suffix, try adding a . (dot) after the host.

you might also want to activate the proxy, and check the advanced settings, sometimes old values are in that advanced settings page and could be used for fetching the webpage even while proxy is turned off.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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I'm assuming you have a decent firewall and up to date antivirus protection. To make sure, can you do a malware scan on one of the systems, using MBAM for example.
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by:itconsultant1
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The Ping command works as well as firefox.  I also log off from the domain account and i used local admins account and Ie worked.  I know the permissions are correct maybe i should look into the domain
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by:warddhooghe
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unless you are forcing proxy settings by GPO, its something in the local profile of that user. corrupt settings or a virus/spyware hijacking IE. recommend u get an anti virus and anti spyware. (avg/adaware)
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by:Andrew Cliff
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by:jrobillard
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Did you try with the ms-dos console: ipconfig /flushdns and reset all setting from IE ?
does the ping reply from the ms-dos show the good answer?
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by:itconsultant1
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I tested this on few machines and whenever i use any domain account IE is not working with the host file.  The ping command returns the correct IP address and Firefox works also.   I looked into GP there is no policy forcing proxy setting on IE

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by:jrobillard
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if the ping show the good answer that was set into host file, it look like to be a problem with IE. But you did not anwser me if you try the "reset feature" in advance tab.

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by:itconsultant1
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yes i did try that and no luck
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by:jrobillard
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have you try to scan with Malwares bytes (updated) in safe mode !?
just to be sure that is not a problem.
As you can maybe try a uninstall/reinstall of IE8(XP)/IE9(VISTA OR 7) (depending on your OS)
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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What if you create (or use) a local account, does IE work then?
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by:itconsultant1
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As i mentioned before IE works on the local account but not on the domain account and i checked this on few computers
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by:jrobillard
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by:jrobillard
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Try also: nbtstat -R
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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>> As i mentioned before IE works on the local account
Right, missed that sorry. To be absolutely sure, can you show a screenshot (or cacls output) of the rights on the file while logged on with a domain account?
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by:itconsultant1
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registry is correct
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by:itconsultant1
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any other suggestions
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by:warddhooghe
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check eventvwr other errors might be relevant to this case
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by:itconsultant1
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This issue is reaqlly specifit to the fact that hosts file works fine on IE when im log on to local user once i log in to the domain account it stops working on IE and it works on Firefox or PING
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warddhooghe earned 500 total points
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Assuming it's not a virus/spyware, and we are not talking about a PC with an antique windows version (before XP), and you cleaned up IE toolbars, IE cache and the usual stuff. Lets try to rule things out here.

- what if another domain user logs in?
- what if the user logs onto another pc with the same hostfile?

Possibility 1) If it's only that 1 user, on this specific pc, do the following:
- Log in locally, and delete (read: move) the local profile of that user (Located in (C:\Users\ on Vista/7 or in C:\Documents and settings\ if Win 2K/XP. If you are using roaming profiles or partly redirected profiles, also move or rename the roaming profile. Check result when logging back in.

Possibility 2) If it's the same problem on another pc for this specific user (or multiple users for that matter), open a cmd box and run GPRESULT /R
You will see all the group policies this user got applied from the domain and local.
You may be overlooking a policy that only this user is getting, dont forget its possible to assign policies to an individual account as well as to groups. dont forget the local policies.

Check all of these GPOs apearing in the GPRESULT /V  for IE settings and redirected parts of profile.
If you cant scroll up to see everything, run GPRESULT /V > C:\WHATEVER.LOG
And open that file.

NB: why are you using a host file in the first place? The proper way is to create records on your local DNS server so all you pcs can resolve it.
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