Connection issues after messing with HOST file

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by chrisdab, Oct 16, 2005.

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  1. chrisdab

    chrisdab Guest

    I have a problem with my internet connection lately from just one computer in my house. When dloading from emule even if its a small amount, I lose the ability to browse or connect with any other program. I have also noticed when using Firefox browser that when a separate tab is downloading a page the browser hangs for a second while it waits for that page to load. I dont notice any of these problems on my second computer.

    I noticed these problems after trying to HOST files for IP blocking. I followed the Wilders Security Post on blocking host IPs but I dont know if I messed up or what went wrong.

    1) While I didnt save my host file when I copied the BISS host file, I think the generic ( localhost) would be fine right? That is what I am using now for my host file.

    2) I also altered Run > services.msc > DNS Client Properties in order to work with the big host file. I had set it to disabled but I now set it to automatic once I went back to the localhost file. I am also not sure if I also altered the DHCP Client Properties on accident but that is also set to automatic.

    I tried searching the internet for answers but cant find any, so if you can help me your awesome.

  2. CrazyM

    CrazyM Firewall Expert

    Feb 9, 2002
    BC, Canada
    " localhost" is the default line the hosts file.

    The default for both DNS Client and DHCP Client is Automatic.


  3. chrisdab

    chrisdab Guest

    UPDATE: I finally found out the problem I was having. When I changed the DNS Client Properties, it reset the max connections for tcpip.sys back to 10. Win XP set a limit of 10 max concurrent connections in its SP2 update. More information can be found at or I forgot that I changed my max connections many months ago, so I didnt know waht gimped my connection. I increased my max connections to unlimited and now my p2p downloads are back to turbo.

  4. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    While the use of a hosts file for Windows may have entries dominated by for wayward entries in order to block them, the hosts file can contain normal ip addresses for trusted entries to short circuit the use of DNS servers. Of course, the hosts file needs protection, normally Read-Only, but a HIPS can add an additional measure of protection to the read-only.

    -- Tom
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