Pinging Facebook, reply from

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November 11, 2010 at 11:23:06
Specs: Windows XP, P4 3.06 GHz / 512 MB
I'm using Windows XP Pro with Kerio Personal Firewall and NOD32 antivirus. I can't open Facebook. When I ping it, I get reply from and tracert ends at too. I've tried disabling the firewall and antivirus but still no luck. There's no issue with other websites and applications; they're all working fine.

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November 11, 2010 at 12:35:29
Is it blocked in your Hosts file?

For XP or later it is in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc

To read it (or temporarily disable it) change it from "Hosts" to "Hosts.txt"

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November 13, 2010 at 14:15:12
Thanks for the reply Derek.
I don't know whether it is blocked in the Hosts file but I do see Facebook in the file.
This is how it appears at the end of the text:

#Norton Internet Security Starts.
#Norton Internet Security Ends.

Is it blocked? If it is, then how did it get blocked and what do I do to unblock it?

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November 13, 2010 at 15:12:27
Simply open the hosts file using notepad. Delete the lines with facebook and save the change. Close the file. Good to go.

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November 13, 2010 at 15:16:21
I don't know how it got that way but sure, facebook has been blocked there so I reckon you are onto it.

Have you got Norton on there (or did you have it in the past)?

Anything with # in front of it is disregarded, and simply acts as an inactive piece of text - so my question about Norton is purely out of interest.

If what you gave is the "complete end piece", it seems to me you can safely delete all of that. With Hosts changed to Hosts.txt when you open it you can simply edit it out in NotePad. Hosts might be Read-only so you would have to unhook that in Properties first. It is as well to make it Read-only after you have made the changes.

For your interest, anything starting with (without the #) is blocked. Instead of going to Facebook you are diverting back to the systems local address (yourself) so not a lot happens.

If you still have it set to Hosts.txt you should find you get on to Facebook again, because changing the files name or extension makes it inactive (the system is looking for just plain Hosts).

How to know you are getting old 2:
Your feet seem further away from your hands

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November 16, 2010 at 14:03:57
Thanks guys, worked like a charm.
And Derek, yes I do have NOD32 antivirus system. Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation.
Really appreciate it!

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November 16, 2010 at 14:15:22
I don't think NOD and Norton are the same thing. Anyhow, glad to hear you are sorted and thx for popping back to let us know.

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You start converting your age to hexadecimal

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