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Re: [OM] OT: Hosts File

Subject: Re: [OM] OT: Hosts File
From: Lawrence Plummer <PlummerL@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:11:27 +0000
Chris, surely you have a text editor among your historic collection of 
software? Something that has regular expression search and replace could change 
the file in seconds.


>      Ever since the days of Win98, I've relied on the hosts file as being the
>  first defense from viruses and intrusions.  You would not be faulted for
>  thinking that the hosts file would remain constant from one version of 
> Windows
>  to another, but sadly you would be mistaken.
>      In the past, meaning WinXP and earlier, the hosts file entries were
>  written as individual ines beginning with, followed by two spaces 
> and
>  then the URL name.  Not so with Win7 and beyond.
>      Earthlink webmail has this annoying feature of downloading an entire
character set from fonts.googleapis.com every time you refresh the page.  It's
>  been a very easy task to block that, but this morning as I was taking care of
>  Win7 I saw that it was not being blocked.  I checked everything, even cold
>  starting the machine but to no avail.  On a website I discovered that 
> Microsoft
>  had made a very small change.  Instead of following with two 
> spaces,
>  they now require a right tab.  I suppose they did this to render all earlier
>  hosts files as being ineffective.  Nice.
>      So I edited the one line to replace the two spaces with a right tab, and
>  it immediately blocked that site.  Now what am I supposed to do with the 
> untold
>  thousands of other entries?
>  Chris

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