|This seems much more network-y than programming-y. |
second-semester student in computer programming, so I have very little knowledge about hosts file
They'll probably never tell you about your hosts file, unless you take some sort of practical application of networking technology class.
The school localhost is the 127.0. etc, but I don't think my localhost is the same.
Your localhost is 127.0.0.1. It just is.
I'd rather have my original Vista hosts file back so it all works like it should have before this fiasco.
The default contains your localhost, some comments, and nothing else.