HOSTS File FAQ - Testing the HOSTS File

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Kayman, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. Kayman

    Kayman Guest

    After pinging the coolwebsearch.com I compared my result with the screenshot
    and found some of the values are differ significantly.
    My pinging results are as follows:

    Pinging coolwebsearch.com [66.250.74.150] with 32 bytes of data:
    Reply from 66.250.74.150 : bytes = 32 time 325ms TTL = 42
    Reply from 66.250.74.150 : bytes = 32 time 354ms TTL = 44
    Reply from 66.250.74.150 : bytes = 32 time 357ms TTL = 44
    Reply from 66.250.74.150 : bytes = 32 time 337ms TTL = 45

    Pinging statistics for 66.250.74.150 :
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = <0%>,
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds, Average = 343ms

    Could somebody please advise if these results are acceptable, thanks.
     
    Kayman, Nov 5, 2005
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  2. Kayman

    Andy Walker Guest

    No, they are not. You could add the following entry to your hosts
    file to improve the performance immensely...

    127.0.0.1 coolwebsearch.com # CoolWeb Search fix

    After adding this to your host file your ping should see < 1ms
    response time.

    hth
     
    Andy Walker, Nov 5, 2005
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  3. Kayman

    Kayman Guest

    Thanks Andy.
    My technical knowledge is limited.
    How and where can I add 127.0.0.1 coolwebsearch.com # CoolWeb Search fix.
    Do I have to delete 66.250.74.150 ?
    According to my Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties the IP address and DNS
    server are obtained automatically.
    According to my Wireless Network Connection Status The Address Type is
    assigned by DHCP and the IP Address is 192.168.1.47.
    And when pinging coolwesearch.com the number 66.250.74.150 is displayed.
    All this is pretty cunfusing to me.

     
    Kayman, Nov 6, 2005
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  4. Kayman

    Far Canal Guest

    Kayman wrote

    The host file is on your computer. Here's some info
    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

    Download and install Hostsman from here
    http://www.abelhadigital.com/
     
    Far Canal, Nov 6, 2005
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  5. Kayman

    Kayman Guest

    Thanks for the links "Far Canal".
    Best regards,

     
    Kayman, Nov 6, 2005
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  6. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    I tried using the hosts file from ttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm.
    It slowed my system to a crawl. Bootup time became very long when network
    connections re-established [during bootup]. Also, time to logon became very
    long. Logon failed several times. Everything fixed when I put the original
    hosts file back as it was. [ I did make DNS a manual start ]. What did I do
    wrong?

    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  7. Kayman

    shplink Guest

    Hi boywonder, can you give us some details on your system? OS\version,
    RAM, and the like?
     
    shplink, Nov 10, 2005
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  8. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    W2000pro, dual processors P2 450mhz each. 768mb ram
    P2P netted to one other pc netbeui: p2 300mhz. Dialup ppp 56k connection.

    more details:
    Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 (build 2195) No details available
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    450 megahertz Intel Pentium II (2 installed)
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P2B-D REV
    1.xx
    Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
    BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS P2B-D ACPI BIOS Revision 1012B 03/03/00
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    35.83 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    23.37 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    Memorex 52MAXX 3252AJ [CD-ROM drive]
    3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

    IOMEGA ZIP 100 [Hard drive] -- drive 2
    Maxtor 51536U3 [Hard drive] (15.37 GB) -- drive 0, s/n K303QV4C, rev
    DA620CQ0, SMART Status: Healthy
    Maxtor 92041U4 [Hard drive] (20.49 GB) -- drive 1, s/n G412QB1C, rev
    FA520S60, SMART Status: Healthy 768 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot '0' has 128 MB
    Slot '1' has 128 MB
    Slot '2' has 64 MB
    Slot '3' has 64 MB
    Slot '4' has 64 MB
    Slot '5' has 64 MB
    Slot '6' has 128 MB
    Slot '7' has 128 MB

    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  9. Kayman

    Far Canal Guest

    **** knows. The Hosts file has sod all to do with your computer
    booting.
     
    Far Canal, Nov 10, 2005
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  10. Kayman

    shplink Guest

    I wish I could remember what the deal was: I got a similar problem to
    what boywonder describes, after DL-ing a hosts file on an XP machine I
    had over a year ago. Using "Hostess" IIRC solved the problem, but I'll
    be damned if I know what the problem *was.*
    His system is fast enough- could it be that another app is using the
    hosts files, and loads at bootup, slowing things down?
     
    shplink, Nov 10, 2005
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  11. Kayman

    Far Canal Guest

    shplink wrote

    He might have a virus/trojan/spyware which is attempting to phone home
    as he boots. The Hosts file is stopping the connection and the
    'whatever' is causing the slowdown.
    He needs to check what's loading on boot, what's running after boot and
    run a full AVP & trojan scan.
    It might be a rootkit !!
     
    Far Canal, Nov 10, 2005
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  12. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    I use avg scan daily.
    Horrors, a rootkit?
    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  13. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    It takes 3 or 4 minutes to start DNS manually.
    Error when starting DNS manually.

    Could not start the DNS client service on Local Computer

    Error 1053 The service did not respond to the start or control request in
    a timely fashion

    Got the reverse message when trying to stop it.

    Could not stop the DNS client service on Local Computer

    When on with hostsfile, connecting to internet takes 3 or 4 minutes. Some of
    the icons don't show , like the connection monitors in the systray.

    Everything works ok, when i start DNS after logging onto ISP., but with any
    other order, things are very sluggish, even my ms paint program didn't work
    until I stopped DNS and forcibly rebooted. [could not do a deep restart
    without hitting the pwr switch.]

    I think this file is too much for my machine, but it must work reasonably
    for some people with faster machines or it wouldn't exist.

    DNS starts expeditiously with the old hosts file.
    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  14. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    I found the problem: [ I didn't understand what the page had already
    explained albeit unclearly ]

    DNS service needs to be off to solve the sluggishness problem the hosts
    blocking causes. To insure this one needs to stop it, then switch it to
    manual mode so that it doesn't come back on. I thought that DNS was required
    to make the hosts blocking feature work. [ I don't know why I thought this ]

    I rewrote this explanation 5 times. I don't know why.

    I am very happy about this, but I wonder if this isn't a common
    misconception, and why W98 doesn't have the same problem. [ obviously DNS
    checking is very different ]

    Also, isn't there some kind of list blocking available that works thru IE
    also? Or is this the main one?


    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  15. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    I downloaded Hostman, when do I need to "flush" the DNS cache?
    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  16. Kayman

    shplink Guest

    That's a good tip- boywonder, have you checked the "startup items", for
    example from Spybot S&D's advanced menu?
     
    shplink, Nov 10, 2005
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  17. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    my pc "startup items"?
    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  18. Kayman

    boywonder Guest

    There's no spybot adv menu in my startup items

    --
    Tommy
    my personal webpages w/pc help :
    http://www.hal-pc.org/~toner27

    If you can't win with reason go for volume - Calvin
    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.
     
    boywonder, Nov 10, 2005
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  19. Kayman

    Far Canal Guest

    Please look at how other people post. Snipping out the previous post in
    your replies makes following you problems impossible. Leave in the part
    you are replying to and put your reply underneath.
     
    Far Canal, Nov 10, 2005
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  20. Kayman

    shplink Guest

    Hi boywonder,
    This is one of the nifty little extras that Spybot itself has.
    Go to your view options at the SS&D menu, and choose "advanced" -you'll
    get a warning, just say OK (you can always go back to default mode
    later). Now you'll see some new options. Look for the startup option,
    i'll be self-explanatory- but please feel free to reply if it isn't.
     
    shplink, Nov 10, 2005
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