Monday, March 5, 2018

MVPS HOSTS File Update March-4-2018

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [March-4-2018]

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  1. I recently started using the HOSTS file again after a hiatus of several years. I have the most recent March/2018 update, but there is a problem on one particular website that I frequently visit, to-wit:

    The search interface on GA Lottery website freezes up and becomes inoperative with HOSTS file enabled. The search interface regains functionality with HOSTS files disabled. Some unknown entry in the HOSTS files is causing the search interface on to freeze up. OS is Windows 10, DNS Client disabled via regedit. Is there any way to identify which entry/entries is causing this unexpected behavior without having to constantly disable/re-enable HOSTS files? I also notice the laptop seems to be working harder/using more resources with HOSTS files enabled due to the increased fan noise. Fan noise stops with HOSTS disabled. I thought disabling DNS client in services.msc would resolve that issue, but it seems not. Could there be a conflict with Malwarebytes or some other program? So far no other issues noticed on any other website, other than the search interface problem on Georgia Lottery website.

  2. Hi, I have had a problem downloading files from the Toshiba site with hosts installed and also Pay Safe value purchase system can not work with hosts installed. Host is a great option and I have been using it for years. Also, the movies on demand does not work. I now have to cease using this hosts file and cease installing it on other peoples PCs. Most people do not expect this sort of problem and can not handle it.

  3. Thanks for the reply! Your seems to be the general consensus these days about continued utilization of the HOSTS file. I also stopped using it due to lack of functionality on some web sites. For the most part it still seems to work okay, but not as good as say five or six years ago, due to little problems here and there. Especially those users who never heard of HOSTS and would have no idea about how to enable or disable HOSTS would be in trouble when certain websites were not working correctly on their computers.