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I just recently began seeing error messages in the place of a blocked ad, as depicted here in Yahoo mail ...

 

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Quickly traced it to my Hosts File with a list of entries carrying  0.0.0.0 instead of  127.0.0.1.

 

All I can think of the reason for this is maybe a recent update to the Hosts file, as I simply can't think of anything else which would change the "127.0.0.1" to "0.0.0.0".

 

I do know that I had no 0.0.0.0 entries the last time I edited that file.

 

Used "Hostman's "Edit\Replace IP" menu to bulk change the long list of 0.0.0.0 entries to 127.0.0.1 ...

 

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... and the blocked address error no longer shows.

 

This is all for info really in case anyone else running a Hosts file suddenly starts seeing blocked ADdress errors.

 

ADdress ... get it?   :)

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MVPS.org HOSTS file switched to using 0.0.0.0, something which Hazelnut pointed out to me when I started a topic about it. You'll just have to use your HOSTS manager software to switch them after each and every MVPS.org HOSTS File update.

 

Edit:

Actually I didn't start a topic about it, I posted it in the HOSTS file update topic here.

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Important Note: The HOSTS file 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.

that was straight off the winhelp2002.mvps.org site.

i guess if you use IE, leave them as 0.0.0.0 else find/replace to 127.0.0.1

 

HostsXpert has a one button fix under Editing, click Swap Localhost (twice)

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