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
> 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 127.0.0.1, followed by two spaces
> 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
> had made a very small change. Instead of following 127.0.0.1 with two
> 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
> thousands of other entries?
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