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    Hi,
    recently in another thread the "Host file" was discussed. I found that this hostfile is very specific for blocking ip adresses. It looks like that:

    # Copyright (c) 1998 Microsoft Corp.
    #
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP stack for Windows98
    #
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    #
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    #
    # For example:
    #
    # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

    127.0.0.1 localhost


    ===============================================
    If we now put up a list of all ip addresses of parasiteware and set it to localhost then no cookie and no information will ever leave our/customers PC.
    Example in host file:

    127.1.1.1 www.ebates.com]www.ebates.com


    If s.o. wants to visit ebate.com and has this entry in Host file he is not able to visti them.

    Any comment on that?

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    In the current climate, I would be hesitant to tell someone to change their host file to avoid something. I am trying to educate people who installed kazza lite and had their host file changed, that changing your host file can have a negative impact.

    Chet

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    The kazaa lite "host file" is different from that which comes with windows. The kazaa lite hostfile can be deleted without any negative results. This "Host"file is part of the accelerator and is used to faster find the ip address from the url.
    I mean the host file generated by windows operating system (9x,2000,me,xp) and if we put up a list of web addresses which point to localhost, and if the customers take that into their "host file", nothing can be done wrong.

    carneol

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    It is the same file.

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    Sorry,
    no it is not. The kazaa lite file is stored without an ending, and the windows file is a *.SAM file. If s.o. has kazaa lite installed he should have 2 host files on his PC. You should review that again.

    carneol

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    Sorry, but the .sam file is a sample file, the one without the exstention is the one windows checks before it hits the DNS servers. It would be okay to delete the one from Kazaa, because they probably just overwrote the one that was there, but in situations where someone has changed their hosts file, then you would get into trouble deleting it. In most cases it would probably be okay to delete it, but if you were going to do something along those lines, it would be safer to back up the old one first and then copy the new one over top of it.

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