MVPS HOSTS File Update December-06-2013


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


Download: hosts.zip (136 kb)
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.zip


How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts2.htm


HOSTS File – Frequently Asked Questions
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostsfaq.htm


Note: the “text” version makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections …
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt (519 kb)


Get notified when the MVPS HOSTS file is updated
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/updates.htm


If you find the MVPS HOSTS file useful … please consider a donation …
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm#donation



Important Note: This update 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.


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 Healthcare.gov fails … Imagine that!


# 127.0.0.1  static.chartbeat.com #[affects Healthcare.gov]


More Info:
www.donottrackplus.com/trackers/chartbeat.com.php
chartbeat.com 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 …”



7 Responses to “MVPS HOSTS File Update December-06-2013”

  1. If I run win7 and I don’t want to be tracked by any healthcare site, should I even bother to update my hosts file?

  2. Tony,
    The point is that the site fails when you try to sign on to ObamaCare … without removing that entry.

    Yes you should update, as there are hundreds of new entries …

  3. Thanks once again. Posted in the usual places.

  4. ok, I updated to the latest version but I want to reactivate that chartbeat entry. I tried to edit the hosts file and remove the “#” from the second chartbeat entry but it wouldn’t let me save the edited file. Can you provide an updated hosts file with the chartbeat entry active for those of us who do not need to worry about Obamacare (i.e., the majority of Americans)?
    Thanks for what you do!

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  6. Tony,
    I’m not sure what version of Windows you are using … however see the following (it’s the same for Win7/8 …
    http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostswin8.htm
    Scroll down to “Editing the HOSTS File” … this should allow you to Save the edited HOSTS file.

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