December 2013 - Posts

MVPS HOSTS File Update December-06-2013


The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [December-06-2013]

Download: hosts.zip (136 kb)
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.zip

How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts2.htm

HOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questions
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostsfaq.htm

Note: the "text" version makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections ...
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt (519 kb)

Get notified when the MVPS HOSTS file is updated
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/updates.htm

If you find the MVPS HOSTS file useful ... please consider a donation ...
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm#donation

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Important Note: This update contains a change in the prefix in the HOSTS entries to "0.0.0.0" instead of the usual "127.0.0.1".This was done to resolve a slowdown issue with the new Win8.1/IE11 and the HOSTS file.

I'm not sure what Microsoft changed in the new version, although I suspect it has something to do with the new "TCP loopback interface" in Win8.1 ... this change in the prefix should not affect users.

If this proves to be a permanant fix ... I will update the website to reflect the changes.

Also, the following entry had to be disabled ... otherwise Healthcare.gov fails ... Imagine that!

# 127.0.0.1  static.chartbeat.com #[affects Healthcare.gov]

More Info:
www.donottrackplus.com/trackers/chartbeat.com.php
"chartbeat.com is a domain used by ChartBeat which is an analytics company that is part of a network of sites, cookies, and other technologies used to track you ..."

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