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    Friday, September 02, 2005
    Old school safety
    So you hate popups, popdown and so many more pops. Not just that, this tip can block trojan, viruses and keylogger from calling home. Now i'm giving away a free method that most of the anti-spyware, anti-adware and anti-popups software maker kept secret. Hey, it's free tip and easy to use. Here we go...

    Locate the HOSTS.
    You need to find the file HOSTS first. Please remember, the file doesn't have any extension. Only select the file name HOSTS and not HOSTS.sam or anything. Below is where you can find the file.

    Windows XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
    Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
    Win 98\ME = C:\WINDOWS

    Editing


    Use WordPad or any text editor to open HOSTS. As you can see, i'm using WordPad for Win98SE to open HOSTS. What is 127.0.0.1 in that file you might ask. The number 127.0.0.1 is your local IP or some might call it Home IP. That is your IP when you are not connected to the internet. We will use this IP for this tip to block unwanted outgoing connection.

    Let say that you want to block a popup. You just need to add the domain of the popup such as www.avres.com after 127.0.0.1. Your OS will block avres.com in real time. This is how it work. As you know any connection must commit a "handshake". Both party must "agree" before allowing any connection. Now that we have "forced" the OS to resolved the connection ( avres.com ) as local IP, the handshake will be canceled.

    Reminder
    If you're surfing the a website and you can't enter that site, it's possible that site is in the HOSTS. Maybe your favourite site is avres.com for example, all you have to do is open HOSTS again put the sign "#" ( without the quote ). in most cases a large HOSTS file (over 135 kb) tends to slow down the machine. This only occurs in W2K and XP. Windows 98 and ME are not affected.

    To resolve this issue (manually) open the "Services Editor"

    * Start | Run (type) "services.msc" (no quotes)
    * Scroll down to "DNS Client", Right-click and select: Properties
    * Click the drop-down arrow for "Startup type"
    * Select: Manual, click Apply/Ok and restart.

    You can get HostMan to do all the editing for you. Safe net-journey. For more secure feature, remember to install a firewall.
    posted by Jamloceng @ 9:43 AM  
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