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    Hosts file not working

    I've tried blocking some websites by adding them to my hosts file. However, for some reason it's stopped working. (i.e The websites are still working even though I have re-routed them to the local host)

    I've used the usual method:

    E.g. 127.0.0.1 runescape.com

    Is there any reason the file isn't doing what it should be? I've cleared my cache. Flushed the DNS, and checked that ZoneAlarm isn;t messing with the hosts file.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Hosts file not working

    On the machines affected what happens if you ping those hosts in the hosts file?

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    Re: Hosts file not working

    Does the machine use a proxy server?

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    Re: Hosts file not working

    No, it's a machine I use at home - No proxy. I've tried pinging the urls and I can reach them fine.

    It only appears to affect IE7. When I try in Firefox, I can't get to the sites.

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    Re: Hosts file not working

    Might be the anti-phishing filter in IE7? Try disabling it.

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    Re: Hosts file not working

    Phishing Filter is disabled too! Bloody IE7! Still refuses to work!

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    Re: Hosts file not working

    Ah ha, found this on Buqtraq.

    http://www.securityfocus.com/archive.../30/0/threaded

    Apparently it's a feature.

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    Re: Hosts file not working

    Hmmm... feature eh? So, how am I supposed to block my blooming brothers from playing RuneScape?

    Thanks a bunch Microsoft!

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