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Can't Access Google

 
 
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 11:59 am
On my home computer..... when I try to open Google or when I try to initiate a search using Google, I am taken to a window with a message.... the message begins "Are you trying to get to Google? Your computer is running software that doesn't allow you to use Google.".... it's a long message....

The message includes this "fix"....

go to Local Disk (C) >Windows >System32 >Drivers >etc >hosts

then... remove entirely any line of text that contains "google.com", or other Google domains (such as "google.co.uk").

the message goes on to suggest using Spybot or AdAware (which we use)....

OK.... deleting things in "system" really makes me nervous.... when I go into that "hosts" file, there are a bazillion "Google" lines....

Will I destroy my computer if I delete those "Google" lines?

What is this "hosts" file? Is it like cookies? Can I just delete the entire file?

Our home computer is running on Windows 2000 NT (it was my boss's old computer).

Has anyone else run into this problem? I really miss being able to access Google. Our home computer is old and the virus protection isn't up-to-date. We don't have a firewall, either. I know, I know, time for a new computer.

Thanks for any help or advice!!

PaL
:-)
 
Craven de Kere
 
  3  
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 12:11 pm
The "hosts" file is a DNS database for your computer.

Every time you type in a URL the domain name needs to be resolved to an IP address. Normally your request is sent to a DNS server and the resolution of the domain name is done that way.

The HOSTS file is a mini DNS database. Any domain located in that file will resolve to the IP address specified in that file.

This can be useful for several things (e.g. speed up DNS lookups to domains whose IP you know won't change, to block certain sites by sending them to local host) but it's also a way for people and programs to cause mischeif.

I used to bug a homophobic friend by setting his favorite site (yahoo) to Gayzoo (sp?). Other scumware will use it to hijack a popular site's traffic.

There is no NEED to have ANY addresses in that file (except for localhost, that can be useful). You can open it with a text editor and delete any of the listings.

I doubt that deleting the actual file will hurt but there's no need for that either.

This is what my HOSTS file currently looks like:

Code:# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# 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
213.189.34.4 auto.search.msn.com
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Peace and Love
 
  2  
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 12:38 pm
thanks, Craven!!!

last night, I came ~this close~ to deleting everything in the file, but thought I'd better check with people who know about these things, first...

I'm at work, now.... I'll go ahead and delete everything when I get home this evening....

I really appreciate your help!!!

PaL
:-)
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Walter Hinteler
 
  2  
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 12:47 pm
oops - got the same here (on IE only, can go to google with the AOL browser).

A website -cPanel- appears, saying: "There is no website configured at this address. "

I really don't know, what I did that this happened.

And I would be glad, if s.o. could explain the solution that even a dummy like me understands it Laughing
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Craven de Kere
 
  3  
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 12:49 pm
Go to:

go to Local Disk (C) >Windows >System32 >Drivers >etc >

Open a file called "hosts". You will need to choose a program to open it. Select notepad.

Then press control A and delete everything.

Then paste what's in the black box above into the file.

Save it.

And you are done.
Walter Hinteler
 
  1  
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 12:50 pm
If you were a girl, I really would kiss you, Craven! :wink:

So just "Thanks"!!!
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Peace and Love
 
  1  
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 09:21 pm
Yippee!! It worked!!

I'm a girl, so here's a big kiss for Craven....

<smooch>

again, Thanks!!

PaL
:-)
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littlek
 
  1  
Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2004 10:41 am
did it, hope it helps.... certainly didn't hurt anything. Thanks Craven.
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pererik
 
  1  
Reply Tue 18 May, 2004 01:40 pm
a little more help
I tried the HOSTS idea and it didn't work.
Any other advice?

Thanks
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Craven de Kere
 
  2  
Reply Tue 18 May, 2004 01:43 pm
I replied to your other post pererik.

BTW, you usually get faster answers if you use a new thread and avoid posting to someone else's resolved thread.
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Standafer9
 
  2  
Reply Thu 19 Aug, 2004 10:31 pm
Google Host file
Thanks. Your solution worked perfectly. SBC was unable to help.

Thanks, again

Standafer9

Craven de Kere wrote:
The "hosts" file is a DNS database for your computer.

Every time you type in a URL the domain name needs to be resolved to an IP address. Normally your request is sent to a DNS server and the resolution of the domain name is done that way.

The HOSTS file is a mini DNS database. Any domain located in that file will resolve to the IP address specified in that file.

This can be useful for several things (e.g. speed up DNS lookups to domains whose IP you know won't change, to block certain sites by sending them to local host) but it's also a way for people and programs to cause mischeif.

I used to bug a homophobic friend by setting his favorite site (yahoo) to Gayzoo (sp?). Other scumware will use it to hijack a popular site's traffic.

There is no NEED to have ANY addresses in that file (except for localhost, that can be useful). You can open it with a text editor and delete any of the listings.

I doubt that deleting the actual file will hurt but there's no need for that either.

This is what my HOSTS file currently looks like:

Code:# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# 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
213.189.34.4 auto.search.msn.com
Quote:
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Craven de Kere
 
  1  
Reply Fri 20 Aug, 2004 12:07 am
My pleasure.
Fargo
 
  2  
Reply Thu 22 Feb, 2007 12:02 pm
Hello, I just registered to this forum just so I could give a big, big, BIG thank you to Craven de Kere for the instructions that he posted here to solve this blocking problem, I couldn't access Google, Gmail or Blogger for quite some time now, and I wasn't able to access other websites as well, here's a list of what was getting blocked from my computer:

127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 forums.techguy.org
127.0.0.1 www.castlecops.com
127.0.0.1 castlecops.com
127.0.0.1 www.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 siri.urz.free.fr
127.0.0.1 www.majorgeeks.com
127.0.0.1 majorgeeks.com
127.0.0.1 www.spywareinfo.dk
127.0.0.1 spywareinfo.dk
127.0.0.1 www.superantispyware.com
127.0.0.1 superantispyware.com
127.0.0.1 www.compu-docs.com
127.0.0.1 compu-docs.com
127.0.0.1 www.pandasoftware.com
127.0.0.1 pandasoftware.com
127.0.0.1 download.bleepingcomputer.com
127.0.0.1 www.bleepingcomputer.com
127.0.0.1 bleepingcomputer.com
127.0.0.1 www.google.com
127.0.0.1 google.com
127.0.0.1 www.google.ca
127.0.0.1 google.ca

127.0.0.1 ewido.net
127.0.0.1 www.greyknight17.com
127.0.0.1 greyknight17.com
127.0.0.1 help.lockergnome.com
127.0.0.1 www.lavasoftsupport.com
127.0.0.1 lavasoftsupport.com
127.0.0.1 cleanup.stevengould.org
127.0.0.1 stevengould.org
127.0.0.1 www.tomcoyote.org
127.0.0.1 tomcoyote.org
127.0.0.1 www.depannetonpc.net
127.0.0.1 depannetonpc.net
127.0.0.1 www.wilderssecurity.com
127.0.0.1 wilderssecurity.com


No matter what I tried, I just couldn't figure out what was going on, but after reading this thread and following the suggestions here, now I can surf the web again just like I used to, W00T!!

THANK YOU, Craven! you're a life saver, man! Very Happy
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Craven de Kere
 
  2  
Reply Thu 22 Feb, 2007 10:46 pm
No worries.

Do note, however, that your HOSTS file indicates that you have or have had malware on your computer (the software modified your HOSTS file to block you from finding help removing the malware).

If it hasn't been cleaned up you may continue to have problems.
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omg
 
  1  
Reply Fri 26 Jun, 2009 12:05 pm
@Peace and Love,
thx for asking this question
first this problem happened with all of my browser ie7, chrome, safari, firefox
and i can solve it by delete a line that contain google.com then
everything works fine
just delete and save ... don't worry
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twinoaks
 
  1  
Reply Sun 16 May, 2010 05:07 am
@Craven de Kere,
Hi Craven
I have the same problem too.I've got so far with what you said but don't understand the last bit.

go to Local Disk (C) >Windows >System32 >Drivers >etc >

Open a file called "hosts". You will need to choose a program to open it. Select notepad.

Then press control A and delete everything.

Then paste what's in the black box above into the file.

Save it.

The bit is "Then paste what's in the black box above into the file." What is the black box above the file?

Kind regards.

Kevin in England
Region Philbis
 
  1  
Reply Sun 16 May, 2010 07:19 pm
@twinoaks,
Quote:
This is what my HOSTS file currently looks like:

Code:# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# 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
213.189.34.4 auto.search.msn.com

paste the contents of the "code" box into your hosts file...
twinoaks
 
  0  
Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 04:40 am
@Region Philbis,
Hi Region Philbis

I'm not sure what the box is?

Does it mean everything below
# 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
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Here is all the stuff thats in my hosts file.Can you tell which i need to delete?

Regards.

Kevin

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# 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
74.125.45.100 4-open-davinci.com
74.125.45.100 securitysoftwarepayments.com
74.125.45.100 privatesecuredpayments.com
74.125.45.100 secure.privatesecuredpayments.com
74.125.45.100 getantivirusplusnow.com
74.125.45.100 secure-plus-payments.com
74.125.45.100 www.getantivirusplusnow.com
74.125.45.100 www.secure-plus-payments.com
74.125.45.100 www.getavplusnow.com
74.125.45.100 safebrowsing-cache.google.com
74.125.45.100 urs.microsoft.com
74.125.45.100 www.securesoftwarebill.com
74.125.45.100 secure.paysecuresystem.com
74.125.45.100 paysoftbillsolution.com
74.125.45.100 protected.maxisoftwaremart.com
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93.174.89.9 google.co.id
93.174.89.9 google.co.il
93.174.89.9 google.co.in
93.174.89.9 google.co.jp
93.174.89.9 google.co.kr
93.174.89.9 google.co.ls
93.174.89.9 google.co.ma
93.174.89.9 google.co.nz
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93.174.89.9 www.google.fi
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93.174.89.9 www.google.fr
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93.174.89.9 www.google.gg
93.174.89.9 www.google.gm
93.174.89.9 www.google.gr
93.174.89.9 www.google.ht
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93.174.89.9 www.google.im
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93.174.89.9 www.google.it
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93.174.89.9 www.google.rw
93.174.89.9 www.google.sc
93.174.89.9 www.google.se
93.174.89.9 www.google.sh
93.174.89.9 www.google.si
93.174.89.9 www.google.sm
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93.174.89.9 www.google.st
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93.174.89.9 www.google.tt
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93.174.89.9 www.google.vu
93.174.89.9 www.google.ws
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.ck
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93.174.89.9 www.google.co.il
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.in
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.jp
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.kr
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.ls
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.ma
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.nz
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.tz
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.ug
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.uk
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.za
93.174.89.9 www.google.co.zm
93.174.89.9 www.google.com
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.af
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.ag
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.ar
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.au
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.bn
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.br
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.by
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.bz
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.cu
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.ec
93.174.89.9 www.google.com.fj
93.174.89.9 google.com
93.174.89.9 www.google.com
93.174.89.9 bing.com
93.174.89.9 www.bing.com
93.174.89.9 search.yahoo.com
93.174.89.9 www.search.yahoo.com
93.174.89.9 search.live.com
93.174.89.9 search.msn.com

As you can see there is lots Google there.

Regards

Kevin
Region Philbis
 
  1  
Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 05:25 am
@twinoaks,

kevin, you should delete the entire contents of the file.
then paste the following into it:
Code:# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# 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
213.189.34.4 auto.search.msn.com
twinoaks
 
  1  
Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 06:16 am
@Region Philbis,
Hi Region Philbis

Thanks for that.
I went ahead and deleted them,just after I sent my email.I thought what the heck,if it does not work.I can always cut & paste them back into the file.

Now it works a treat,after all the time I've wasted trying to sort it.

Thanks everyone else for this info.
Kind regards.

Kevin
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