Tarun

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  1. Invision is actually doing what is very common. Here, look at these screenshots of Office 2007.
  2. Please do not fall into believing this, everyone. This is a misuse of what the Hosts file is designed for. It's not as secure as many think; it's not designed to block websites, advertisements, malware, or anything similar. The Hosts file is designed to provide a proper redirect when and if your DNS is not updated yet for sites that have moved to new IPs/webhosts. Do NOT try anything like this as it has a negative impact on your system and makes ANY page you access take longer to load.
  3. Gee, I wonder why it's not there now...
  4. Windows 7, fully updated. Hm, what's this bottom option say? Sounds like a case of writer's desperation.
  5. Let's keep things civil in this thread. We're here to have discussions and to learn. As a reminder: MSFN Rules
  6. Your version of HijackThis is out of date. If you don't need Java for anything, get rid of it. You may want to switch from AVG to avast. And what do you mean by "customized" Windows?
  7. Browncoat, I checked the links and I believe I've found and fixed the issue for the Anti-Malware Toolkit. Previously it was bringing you to the download directory and the Anti-Malware Toolkit was listed right there. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Once you run through the PC Cleanup guide, post your HijackThis log in some codebox bbcode tags, and if need be other logs may be requested. I'll get your computer all cleaned up.
  8. Browncoat, please refer to this pinned topic and let's get your pc checked in to. Hosts file won't fix any infections. The hosts file is being misused to block malware and advertisements, this is not a solution or prevention, sadly. The hosts file should be mostly empty except for the defaults or any entries to websites you're having trouble reaching. There's a wiki article about how to Block Malware and Advertisements Safely. For our members and visitors, be sure to whitelist MSFN to show support.
  9. No. You never give your password to anyone. If this is an administrator of your company/network/IT then they can get access without needing to know your password. If it's a work issued password, they should still have access to it. Asking for it seems a bit odd in my opinion.
  10. A connection to 0.0.0.0 is still a connection that is used. Those numbers are excessively high... Source: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758108%28v=ws.10%29.aspx There are so many things wrong with using this. It also causes problems with other software. Comodo antivirus, System Mechanic and others were listed. Many of these sites foolishly tell you to disable the DNS Cache service. You should never alter a Microsoft service. Stock settings work fine and these "optimizations" are just myths. Also, the Hosts file is loaded into your memory (RAM) at startup, another unnecessary performance degradation. Microsoft has said flat out: The DNS client service optimizes performance. There's a knowledge base that details this, and I'm more than certain Microsoft knows how their services and files perform. Also, what's the point of using a Hosts file improperly when there are addons and such designed for use with browsers? All of these things I'm covering are already detailed in more comprehensive detail on my wiki.
  11. Having to parse through tens of thousands of lines in the hosts file. No matter what web browser or web service you use. Every time you access the web your computer has to filter through all these lines. This is a performance degradation on the browser and your computer. Every single time you load a website it has to filter through to match these things. Redirecting to your local machine/localhost leaves a persisting connection. You have to wait for these persistant connections to time out on your local machine, too. Unecessary activity for the machine and the network. 127.0.0.1 myfakemaliciousdomain.com::1 myfakemaliciousdomain.comWhy degrade your network performance too, by having connections that have to open and then wait to time out solely to block advertisements and malicious software? Many things in the hosts files are also not kept up to date. Numerous domains are expired yet take up an entry in the hosts file. Back before the Internet became popular, the hosts file was a text document to act as a DNS. Now we have DNS services to the hosts file is very rarely used for these purposes unless people are having an issue loading a website due to a slow DNS refresh/update. The hosts file is a file used by computers to map IP addresses to domain names.
  12. The biggest misinformation I see in this thread is the misuse of the Hosts file. The Hosts file is not meant to be used as a blacklist for malicious domains. This article is a good read. Blocking malware and advertisements safely. - remember to whitelist MSFN to show your support.
  13. This article may also be of use to you.
  14. That actually says a lot! Importing old Firefox data caused an issue.Installed Ghostery and told it to block Gravatar.Ding. This sounds like the issue (or at least part of it) right there to me. Take a look at this part of your User Control Panel - namely, Change Photo.... Notice how you can either upload an avatar or use one from Gravatar if you have an account there? Now, I believe even you mentioned your avatar loading earlier when you tried Pale Moon. Since you're not blocking Gravatar that's actually why. Gravatar - Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site? I have IP.Board on my site as well. I believe that the API checks for an avatar first, and if one isn't found it may also check Gravatar. I could be mistaken though. To me, that sounds like the root of the issue. Let me know what you find. You also mention that your Firefox has data from 3.0. That's an easy fix without needing to reinstall anything, I mentioned it earlier: You should also go into Firefox and go to Help (press Alt to bring up the menu bar) > Troubleshooting Information > Reset Firefox... Additionally, I would strongly, strongly recommend ditching Norton. While they're not as bad as they used to be they're still pretty bad. I'd be worth getting either MSE or avast, both are excellent free anti-virus/anti-malware solutions.
  15. Sadly, that's not really fixing the problem; that's simply avoiding the problem. It really doesn't contribute any real solution should anyone else experience a similar issue. For what it's worth, you're still using Firefox. Pale Moon is just a x64 compiled custom version. I do agree about how silly the rapid release cycle is but you can thank Google and Chrome for that. The UI changes are nice and very intuitive, allowing for more screen real estate however. I have a feeling the problem is client side and I was willing to work with you on getting to the root of the issue and getting it resolved. Oh well, happy browsing.