December 2013 - Posts

MVPS HOSTS File Update December-06-2013

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

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Important Note: This update contains a change in the prefix in the HOSTS entries to "" instead of the usual "".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 fails ... Imagine that!

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" 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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