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Problems Using Internet Explorer with Incorrect Hosts File
Article ID: 219843 - View products that this article applies to.
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When you try to connect to a Web site using Internet Explorer, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
This behavior can occur if a Hosts file with incorrect entries exists in the Windows folder.
To work around this behavior, use the appropriate method:
Method 1NOTE: Do not perform the following steps unless you determine that your computer does not need a Hosts file. To determine if you need a Hosts file, contact your network administrator.
If your computer is not connected to a network, or does not require a Hosts file for Domain Name System (DNS) resolution, rename the Hosts file to "Backup of Hosts file". To rename a file, right-click the file, type the new name, and then press ENTER.
NOTE: Do not perform the following steps without contacting your network administrator.
Method 2If your computer is connected to a network that requires a Hosts file, edit the Hosts file and disable all lines that refer to the Web site Internet Protocol (IP) addresses you are unable to view. To do so, place a number sign (#) at the beginning of each line that contains the IP address of the Web site you are unable to view.
For information about Hosts files and DNS, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/143193/EN-US/ )Internet Explorer Name Resolution
Article ID: 219843 - Last Review: January 24, 2007 - Revision: 3.1