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Re: [OM] OT: Hosts File

Subject: Re: [OM] OT: Hosts File
From: Chris Trask <christrask@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:52:02 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
     Hmmm...  I had not thought of that.  The file is much too large for 
WordPad to edit in its' entirety, and it cannot handle replacing two spaces 
with a right tab.  I'll try something else later.

>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?
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