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Old 02-14-2005, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Firefox not finding web sites on first attemp on occasions

I've been using FireFox for about 2.5 months now. The last 2 weeks I am getting the old "Address not found" error a lot. No coming sites, just various ones. Why is this happening so much? Is there a fix for this? I have an os of win98 SE using dsl.

Someone from another site replied to do the following:

this is another option

if this doesn't work try

Probably you have installed a program to eliminate spyware/adware/malware or virusses.
This program might have blocked the IP adress of the site. You can undo this by:

4) Open a file called: HOSTS in your favorite editor You can find this file at the following location:
Windows 98 / ME: c:\windows\
Windows XP: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\
Windows 2000: C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\
Linux / Unix: /etc/hosts
Look if the site you want to visit is mentioned in this file (with ip-number of,
and if so you can delete this line or make it inactive bij setting # in front of this line.
Save the file, reboot the computer and try to connect again.

My question is Is this the file being talked about?

# 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:
# # source server
# # x client host localhost

If so, what is this file used for and will it hurt anything if I comment it out? I appreciate any help.
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