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Post by staghound406 on Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:58 am

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this topic, but I am unable to login to certain websites like youtube while using Firefox. I recently installed the Outpost firewall after having spyware. The page just refreshes and it won't sign me in. I tried it in IE and it works just fine, so I turned off my firewall and tried it, but the problem was not fixed, so I think it is a problem with my browser. I have it set to ask me everytime before accepting cookies, but changing it to always allow cookies makes no difference. I hate to be back on here bothering you guys after you just helped me out but this is driving me crazy and I can't fix it.

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Solved Re: Firefox issues

Post by Doctor Inferno on Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:27 am

Let's try to delete the cookies.

1. In Mozilla Firefox, select "Tools" from the file menu.
2. Select "Options".
3. Click on the "Privacy" icon in the top panel.
4. Check the box corresponding to "Accept cookies from sites".
5. Click "OK" to save and close.


If this doesn't solve the issue, try clearing the cache for Firefox.

1. In Mozilla Firefox, select "Tools" from the file menu.
2. Select "Options".
3. Under the "Private Data" heading, click the "Clear Now" button.
4. Click "OK" to exit.


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Post by staghound406 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:35 am

That didn't fix it Sad tearing I disabled both Outpost and Spybot and tried it (though I wanted to keep the protection on), I updated to the latest version of Firefox, and did windows update to make sure everything was up to date, and I'm still having the same problem. I recently downloaded the MVPS Hosts file off of the list of recommendations you guys gave me. Could that be causing a problem?

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Post by staghound406 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:36 am

The weird thing is that logins work fine in Internet Explorer. Just not in Firefox, which makes it seem like a cookie issue. Let me think

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Solved Re: Firefox issues

Post by Belahzur on Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:38 am

Actually, it could.
The HOST file blocks anything coming from a blocked websites, including ad sites that youtube use.

Download HostsXpert from HERE

  • Unzip it.
  • Open the program.
  • Click on "Make read only"
  • Then press "Restore MS Hosts File'
OK the prompt, and exit HostsXpert.

Did that fix it?


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Post by staghound406 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:14 am

Unfortunately I got this error when I clicked to restore.


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Post by staghound406 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:18 am

I looked up that location and there is already a HOST file there as well as several backup files, if that helps any.

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Post by Belahzur on Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:21 am

Hmmm.
What are the names of the backup files? and do they have any file extensions, example:

HOSTS.bak
HOSTS.old


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Post by staghound406 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:26 am

Long extensions, like one of them is "hosts.20081130-115438.backup" I have 7 backup files like that, then some other files I'm not sure of.

Am I supposed to shut off my DNS Client before I restore it? The MVPS site had me turn it off to install the HOST file in the first place.

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Post by Belahzur on Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:29 am

Yeah, turn it off for now.
Then try to delete the current HOSTS file, and rename hosts.20081130-115438.backup to hosts


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Post by staghound406 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:44 am

I'm still getting the error. I'll just go ahead and let you see what's in that folder:


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Post by Belahzur on Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:52 am

It's getting late here, so this is my last attempt of the night, and we'll see if Doc posts while i'm offline.

Now open a new notepad file.
Input this into the notepad file:

@echo off
attrib C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts -r-s-h
ren C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.bak
ren C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.20081130-115438.backup C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
echo.
echo.
pause
echo Is there a 'hosts.bak' file now? Not sure if this will work.
echo Post back and let me know.

Save this as fix.bat, save it to your desktop.
Double click fix.bat and the black cmd window will open and close, this is normal.


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Post by staghound406 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:12 am

Thanks for your help. I copied everything and took out the two sentences, leaving the "echo"s at the beginning of those 2 sentences. so it looks like this:

@echo off
attrib C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts -r-s-h
ren C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.bak
ren C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.20081130-115438.backup C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
echo.
echo.
pause
echo.
echo.

The cmd window stays open with this error:

"Invalid switch - -r-s-h
The syntax of the command is incorrect"

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Post by staghound406 on Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:08 pm

No more guesses, guys? Well, I may just reformat so I don't have to deal with these problems anymore. I've had the computer for 3 years now at least and never reformatted so I guess it's due for it.

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Post by Belahzur on Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:18 pm

Darn, my scripting was wrong. LMBO or ROFL

Ah well, I think you maybe right.
I format my machine every 2yrs or so.


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Post by Doctor Inferno on Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:04 pm

I format my computer almost every 2 to 6 months, love it clean and fast. Smile


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