TV3 on demand episodes Blocked ??

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Seagull, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. Seagull

    Seagull Guest

    Help please!

    When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content.
    The initial commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located
    in NZ the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    happens.
    A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming from
    (Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is from
    >the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked >from our website as our
    >content is not available to overseas viewers. This does happen quite often
    >as some Internet Service >Providers route connections from overseas. If you
    >call your Internet provider they should be able to correct this.


    This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk
    While waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/

    This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ but the
    problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are acting up
    with the geoblocking website.

    Meanwhile I have tried another PC via the same D'link router and acess the
    TV3 on demand with out problems.

    So I guess it some setting on this machine. I have tried disabling Zone
    alarm and the problem remained. Vodafone have logged my problem for an
    expert to check and they have promised to get back to me. They suggested
    set DNS settings

    Win XP, firefox (or IE8) ,Zone alarm, Avast, Flash 10.2 reinstalled.

    Any Ideas what to check /change?
    Seagull, Mar 4, 2011
    #1
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  2. On Fri, 4 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, "Seagull"
    <> wrote:

    >Help please!
    >
    >When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    >episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content.
    >The initial commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located
    >in NZ the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    >happens.
    >A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming from
    >(Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >>For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is from
    >>the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked >from our website as our
    >>content is not available to overseas viewers. This does happen quite often
    >>as some Internet Service >Providers route connections from overseas. If you
    >>call your Internet provider they should be able to correct this.

    >
    >This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk
    >While waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/
    >
    >This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ but the
    >problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are acting up
    >with the geoblocking website.
    >
    >Meanwhile I have tried another PC via the same D'link router and acess the
    >TV3 on demand with out problems.
    >
    >So I guess it some setting on this machine. I have tried disabling Zone
    >alarm and the problem remained. Vodafone have logged my problem for an
    >expert to check and they have promised to get back to me. They suggested
    >set DNS settings
    >
    >Win XP, firefox (or IE8) ,Zone alarm, Avast, Flash 10.2 reinstalled.
    >
    >Any Ideas what to check /change?
    >
    >
    >




    TV3 and TV1-2 use DoubleClick Digital advertising , this most be
    allowed to run, I have to Disable my Host file, as DoubleClick is list
    in it to block it.

    Its mostly referred to as Spyware.

    Your Virus program could be blocking it..

    TV3 has this fact listed in there help file, and may be TV1-2

    Even TelstraClear uses it in there free raffle prize thing.
    William Brown, Mar 4, 2011
    #2
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  3. On Fri, 4 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, "Seagull"
    <> wrote:

    >Help please!
    >
    >When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    >episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content.
    >The initial commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located
    >in NZ the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    >happens.
    >A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming from
    >(Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >>For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is from
    >>the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked >from our website as our
    >>content is not available to overseas viewers. This does happen quite often
    >>as some Internet Service >Providers route connections from overseas. If you
    >>call your Internet provider they should be able to correct this.

    >
    >This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk
    >While waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/
    >
    >This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ but the
    >problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are acting up
    >with the geoblocking website.
    >
    >Meanwhile I have tried another PC via the same D'link router and acess the
    >TV3 on demand with out problems.
    >
    >So I guess it some setting on this machine. I have tried disabling Zone
    >alarm and the problem remained. Vodafone have logged my problem for an
    >expert to check and they have promised to get back to me. They suggested
    >set DNS settings
    >
    >Win XP, firefox (or IE8) ,Zone alarm, Avast, Flash 10.2 reinstalled.
    >
    >Any Ideas what to check /change?
    >
    >
    >




    TV3 and TV1-2 use DoubleClick Digital advertising , this most be
    allowed to run, I have to Disable my Host file, as DoubleClick is list
    to block it.

    Its mostly referred to as Spyware.

    Your Virus program could be blocking it..

    TV3 has this fact listed in there help file, and may be TV1-2

    Even TelstraClear uses it in there free raffle prize thing.


    TV3's Help file
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Norton/Firewall tip
    Some antivirus and firewall products cause problems with viewing video.
    To view content on the site, you will need to unblock the site you are
    on eg http://tv3.co.nz and DoubleClick which serves ads on the website.

    Add the following sites to your antivirus 'whitelist':
    eg http://tv3.co.nz
    http://ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    http://ondemand.c4tv.co.nz
    http://3news.co.nz
    http://theedge.co.nz
    http://c4tv.co.nz
    ad.doubleclick.net
    ad.au.doubleclick.net
    ad.nz.doubleclick.net
    William Brown, Mar 4, 2011
    #3
  4. Seagull

    Boots Guest

    On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, Seagull wrote:

    > When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    > episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content. The initial
    > commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located in NZ
    > the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    > happens. A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming
    > from (Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >>For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is
    >>from the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked >from our
    >>website as our content is not available to overseas viewers. This does
    >>happen quite often as some Internet Service >Providers route connections
    >>from overseas. If you call your Internet provider they should be able to
    >>correct this.

    >
    > This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk While
    > waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/
    >
    > This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ but
    > the problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are
    > acting up with the geoblocking website.


    Could it be possible that something on your computer is redirecting all
    your web browsing through a proxy in the Ukraine without your knowledge?


    --
    "Filtering the Internet is like trying to boil the ocean"
    Boots, Mar 4, 2011
    #4
  5. Seagull

    Donchano Guest

    On Fri, 4 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, "Seagull"
    <> shouted from the highest rooftop:

    >Any Ideas what to check /change?


    Firefox is my default browser and I can't get TV3 on demand of
    anything to load. Then I tried using my secondary browser (Google
    Chrome) and not a problem.

    Strangely, TVNZ on demand works well on either browser. But then TVNZ
    episodes can be viewed in segments, whereas TV3 doesn't give you that
    option.

    Conclusion: TV3 on demand is a piece of shit.
    Donchano, Mar 4, 2011
    #5
  6. Seagull

    Seagull Guest

    "Boots" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, Seagull wrote:
    >
    >> When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    >> episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content. The initial
    >> commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located in NZ
    >> the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    >> happens. A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming
    >> from (Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >>>For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is
    >>>from the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked >from our
    >>>website as our content is not available to overseas viewers. This does
    >>>happen quite often as some Internet Service >Providers route connections
    >>>from overseas. If you call your Internet provider they should be able to
    >>>correct this.

    >>
    >> This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk While
    >> waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/
    >>
    >> This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ but
    >> the problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are
    >> acting up with the geoblocking website.

    >
    > Could it be possible that something on your computer is redirecting all
    > your web browsing through a proxy in the Ukraine without your knowledge?
    >

    Thanks for the replies.

    How do I check for redirection thru a proxy?

    Meanwhile I killed my host file, and shut down addblock, but the problem
    remains.
    Seagull, Mar 4, 2011
    #6
  7. Seagull

    Boots Guest

    On Sat, 05 Mar 2011 11:50:18 +1300, Seagull wrote:

    > How do I check for redirection thru a proxy?


    Don't know. The only proxy I use is my own - Squid - one one of my own
    computers. But something has to explain 94.153.50.27 .


    --
    "Filtering the Internet is like trying to boil the ocean"
    Boots, Mar 4, 2011
    #7
  8. Seagull

    PeeCee Guest

    On 5/03/2011 12:48 p.m., Boots wrote:
    > On Sat, 05 Mar 2011 11:50:18 +1300, Seagull wrote:
    >
    >> How do I check for redirection thru a proxy?

    >
    > Don't know. The only proxy I use is my own - Squid - one one of my own
    > computers. But something has to explain 94.153.50.27 .
    >
    >



    FWIW try Pingplotter (freeware version) & see just what IP address's
    your packets go thru.

    http://www.pingplotter.com/downloads/pngplt_1.exe

    For example with IE8 on an Xtra BB acount I get:
    (xxx obscures my Wan IP, which comes back to Jetstream Telecom NZ)

    Target Name: ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    IP: 202.49.175.56
    Date/Time: 5/03/2011 1:19:00 p.m.

    1 0 ms 0 ms RTA300U.lan [192.168.1.1]
    2 45 ms 45 ms 222-153-xxx-xxx.jetstream.xtra.co.nz [222.153.xxx.xxx]
    3 * * [-]
    4 43 ms 41 ms ae4-20.akcr10.global-gateway.net.nz [202.50.238.49]
    5 46 ms 42 ms g1-0-0-4.akpr1.global-gateway.net.nz [210.55.202.52]
    6 43 ms 42 ms ge-2-0-0-906.ie2.telstraclear.net [203.98.18.65]
    7 41 ms 43 ms [203.97.8.122]
    8 * * [-]
    9 44 ms 43 ms ondemand.four.co.nz [202.49.175.56]

    Ping statistics for ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0.0%)
    Round Trip Times: Minimum = 43ms, Maximum = 44ms, Average = 43ms
    PeeCee, Mar 5, 2011
    #8
  9. Seagull

    Seagull Guest

    "PeeCee" <> wrote in message
    news:iks0jk$vuh$...
    > On 5/03/2011 12:48 p.m., Boots wrote:
    >> On Sat, 05 Mar 2011 11:50:18 +1300, Seagull wrote:
    >>
    >>> How do I check for redirection thru a proxy?

    >>
    >> Don't know. The only proxy I use is my own - Squid - one one of my own
    >> computers. But something has to explain 94.153.50.27 .
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > FWIW try Pingplotter (freeware version) & see just what IP address's your
    > packets go thru.
    >
    > http://www.pingplotter.com/downloads/pngplt_1.exe
    >
    > For example with IE8 on an Xtra BB acount I get:
    > (xxx obscures my Wan IP, which comes back to Jetstream Telecom NZ)
    >
    > Target Name: ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    > IP: 202.49.175.56
    > Date/Time: 5/03/2011 1:19:00 p.m.
    >
    > 1 0 ms 0 ms RTA300U.lan [192.168.1.1]
    > 2 45 ms 45 ms 222-153-xxx-xxx.jetstream.xtra.co.nz [222.153.xxx.xxx]
    > 3 * * [-]
    > 4 43 ms 41 ms ae4-20.akcr10.global-gateway.net.nz [202.50.238.49]
    > 5 46 ms 42 ms g1-0-0-4.akpr1.global-gateway.net.nz [210.55.202.52]
    > 6 43 ms 42 ms ge-2-0-0-906.ie2.telstraclear.net [203.98.18.65]
    > 7 41 ms 43 ms [203.97.8.122]
    > 8 * * [-]
    > 9 44 ms 43 ms ondemand.four.co.nz [202.49.175.56]
    >
    > Ping statistics for ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    > Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0.0%)
    > Round Trip Times: Minimum = 43ms, Maximum = 44ms, Average = 43ms


    Thanks for the suggestion.
    OK I tried ping plotter. I dont really comprehend all the data but I assume
    it is as it should be? The results are below:


    Target Name: ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    IP: 202.49.175.56
    Date/Time: 5/03/2011 2:24:43 p.m. to 5/03/2011 2:26:58 p.m.

    1 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms
    0 ms [10.1.1.1]
    2 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 26 ms 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms
    28 ms lo2.akl-ftc-bras1.ihug.net [203.109.128.95]
    3 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 28 ms 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms 28 ms 27 ms
    28 ms gi5-1-0.akl-grafton-edge2.ihug.net [203.109.130.162]
    4 27 ms 27 ms 26 ms 28 ms 27 ms 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 26 ms
    27 ms gi5-0-0.akl-grafton-edge1.ihug.net [203.109.130.161]
    5 30 ms 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms 29 ms 30 ms 28 ms
    30 ms mediaworks2.ape.net.nz [192.203.154.138]
    6 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 28 ms 29 ms 29 ms 30 ms
    29 ms [192.168.50.3]
    7 30 ms 30 ms 30 ms 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 30 ms 29 ms 30 ms
    28 ms wa2.ondemand.c4tv.co.nz [202.49.175.56]

    Ping statistics for ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    Packets: Sent = 10, Received = 10, Lost = 0 (0.0%)
    Round Trip Times: Minimum = 28ms, Maximum = 30ms, Average = 29msTarget Name:
    ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    IP: 202.49.175.56
    Date/Time: 5/03/2011 2:24:43 p.m. to 5/03/2011 2:26:58 p.m.

    1 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms 0 ms
    0 ms [10.1.1.1]
    2 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 26 ms 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms
    28 ms lo2.akl-ftc-bras1.ihug.net [203.109.128.95]
    3 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 28 ms 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms 28 ms 27 ms
    28 ms gi5-1-0.akl-grafton-edge2.ihug.net [203.109.130.162]
    4 27 ms 27 ms 26 ms 28 ms 27 ms 27 ms 28 ms 27 ms 26 ms
    27 ms gi5-0-0.akl-grafton-edge1.ihug.net [203.109.130.161]
    5 30 ms 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms 29 ms 30 ms 28 ms
    30 ms mediaworks2.ape.net.nz [192.203.154.138]
    6 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 28 ms 29 ms 29 ms 30 ms
    29 ms [192.168.50.3]
    7 30 ms 30 ms 30 ms 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms 30 ms 29 ms 30 ms
    28 ms wa2.ondemand.c4tv.co.nz [202.49.175.56]

    Ping statistics for ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    Packets: Sent = 10, Received = 10, Lost = 0 (0.0%)
    Round Trip Times: Minimum = 28ms, Maximum = 30ms, Average = 29ms
    Seagull, Mar 5, 2011
    #9
  10. Seagull

    Possible Guest


    >Help please!



    Yes I did 100% but a dick head like you have put me in a Kill file,
    this group is full of F--- Idiots..

    I have never ever seen such a bunch on Computer illiterates than here..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    TV3 and TV1-2 use DoubleClick Digital advertising , this most be
    allowed to run, I have to Disable my Host file, as DoubleClick is list
    to block it.

    Its mostly referred to as Spyware.

    Your Virus program could be blocking it..

    TV3 has this fact listed in there help file, and may be TV1-2

    Even TelstraClear uses it in there free raffle prize thing.


    TV3's Help file
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Norton/Firewall tip
    Some antivirus and firewall products cause problems with viewing video.
    To view content on the site, you will need to unblock the site you are
    on eg http://tv3.co.nz and DoubleClick which serves ads on the website.

    Add the following sites to your antivirus 'whitelist':
    eg http://tv3.co.nz
    http://ondemand.tv3.co.nz
    http://ondemand.c4tv.co.nz
    http://3news.co.nz
    http://theedge.co.nz
    http://c4tv.co.nz
    ad.doubleclick.net
    ad.au.doubleclick.net
    ad.nz.doubleclick.net
    Possible, Mar 5, 2011
    #10
  11. On Sat, 05 Mar 2011 16:22:23 +1300, Possible <> wrote:

    >
    >
    >>Help please!

    >
    >
    >Yes I did 100% but a dick head like you have put me in a Kill file,
    >this group is full of F--- Idiots..
    >


    Maybe it's because you're a bit of a... cock.
    Lawrence D'ouche, Mar 5, 2011
    #11
  12. Seagull

    Enkidu Guest

    On 05/03/11 11:50, Seagull wrote:
    > "Boots"<> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    >> On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, Seagull wrote:
    >>
    >>> When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    >>> episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content. The initial
    >>> commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located in NZ
    >>> the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    >>> happens. A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming
    >>> from (Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >>>> For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is
    >>> >from the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked>from our
    >>>> website as our content is not available to overseas viewers. This does
    >>>> happen quite often as some Internet Service>Providers route connections
    >>> >from overseas. If you call your Internet provider they should be able to
    >>>> correct this.
    >>>
    >>> This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk While
    >>> waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/
    >>>
    >>> This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ but
    >>> the problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are
    >>> acting up with the geoblocking website.

    >>
    >> Could it be possible that something on your computer is redirecting all
    >> your web browsing through a proxy in the Ukraine without your knowledge?
    >>

    > Thanks for the replies.
    >
    > How do I check for redirection thru a proxy?
    >

    Look in the options for connection properties in your browser.
    >
    > Meanwhile I killed my host file, and shut down addblock, but the problem
    > remains.
    >

    What do you mean "killed my host file"?

    Cheers,

    Cliff

    --

    The ends justifies the means - Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli.

    The end excuses any evil - Sophocles
    Enkidu, Mar 5, 2011
    #12
  13. On Sun, 06 Mar 2011 11:42:34 +1300, Enkidu <>
    wrote:

    >What do you mean "killed my host file"?
    >
    >Cheers,
    >
    >Cliff



    For the Dumbo here


    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm


    Plus you do not need to kill it, just add .xx on the end of it
    William Brown, Mar 6, 2011
    #13
  14. Seagull

    Seagull Guest

    "Enkidu" <> wrote in message
    news:4d72bc5a$...
    > On 05/03/11 11:50, Seagull wrote:
    >> "Boots"<> wrote in message
    >> news:p...
    >>> On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, Seagull wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    >>>> episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content. The initial
    >>>> commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located in NZ
    >>>> the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    >>>> happens. A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming
    >>>> from (Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >>>>> For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is
    >>>> >from the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked>from our
    >>>>> website as our content is not available to overseas viewers. This does
    >>>>> happen quite often as some Internet Service>Providers route
    >>>>> connections
    >>>> >from overseas. If you call your Internet provider they should be able
    >>>> >to
    >>>>> correct this.
    >>>>
    >>>> This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk While
    >>>> waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/
    >>>>
    >>>> This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ
    >>>> but
    >>>> the problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are
    >>>> acting up with the geoblocking website.
    >>>
    >>> Could it be possible that something on your computer is redirecting all
    >>> your web browsing through a proxy in the Ukraine without your knowledge?
    >>>

    >> Thanks for the replies.
    >>
    >> How do I check for redirection thru a proxy?
    >>

    > Look in the options for connection properties in your browser.
    > >
    >> Meanwhile I killed my host file, and shut down addblock, but the problem
    >> remains.
    >>

    > What do you mean "killed my host file"?
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > Cliff

    Well I renamed it Xhosts.
    Seagull, Mar 6, 2011
    #14
  15. Seagull

    Enkidu Guest

    On 06/03/11 14:38, William Brown wrote:
    > On Sun, 06 Mar 2011 11:42:34 +1300, Enkidu<>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> What do you mean "killed my host file"?

    >
    > For the Dumbo here
    >
    >
    > http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    >
    >
    > Plus you do not need to kill it, just add .xx on the end of it
    >

    Why not simply mark it read only if you really want to use such a stupid
    method of blocking sites?

    I've come across people with hosts files in excess of 500Kb which is
    plain stupid as it slows down browsing, since the hosts file is re-read
    for every single web site request. That mean if you request an average
    page from the Internet which contains maybe three or four images,
    several CSS files, maybe some Javascript, say 10 requests in all, then
    your multi-kilobyte hosts file gets read 10 times. The hosts file is not
    cached in memory, in spite of what that article says, but DNS is, so a
    large hosts file is going to slow internet access down hugely.

    If you don't believe me, point your favourite site to 127.0.0.1 in your
    hosts file and it will be inaccessible instantly. If you search on the
    Internet you will find many claims that the hosts file is cached, but it
    isn't. Some sites even recommend running ipconfig /flushdns if you
    change your hosts file! Totally rot as hosts file and DNS lookup are
    separate operations.

    Cheers,

    Cliff

    --

    The ends justifies the means - Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli.

    The end excuses any evil - Sophocles
    Enkidu, Mar 6, 2011
    #15
  16. Seagull

    Enkidu Guest

    On 06/03/11 15:39, Seagull wrote:
    > "Enkidu"<> wrote in message
    > news:4d72bc5a$...
    >> On 05/03/11 11:50, Seagull wrote:
    >>> "Boots"<> wrote in message
    >>> news:p...
    >>>> On Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:05:29 +1300, Seagull wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> When going to TV3 on demand site to check out a missed "Idiot Abroard'
    >>>>> episode I find I can not acess any actual TV content. The initial
    >>>>> commercial plays, then I get the message that I must be located in NZ
    >>>>> the the "loading" message appears (faintly) and then nothing further
    >>>>> happens. A message to TV3 bought the reply that the IP I was comming
    >>>>> from (Vodafone/Ihug) was foreign.
    >>>>>> For some reason your IP address is showing up as 94.153.50.27 which is
    >>>>> >from the Ukraine. This is causing you to be geo-blocked>from our
    >>>>>> website as our content is not available to overseas viewers. This does
    >>>>>> happen quite often as some Internet Service>Providers route
    >>>>>> connections
    >>>>> >from overseas. If you call your Internet provider they should be able
    >>>>>> to
    >>>>>> correct this.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This surprised me somewhat, so I rang the Vodafone helpdesk While
    >>>>> waiting on hold I tried the wbsite: http://www.tracemyip.org/
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This site reports my current IP address as 118.93.21.100 Auckland NZ
    >>>>> but
    >>>>> the problem remains so it appears my settings and or antivirus are
    >>>>> acting up with the geoblocking website.
    >>>>
    >>>> Could it be possible that something on your computer is redirecting all
    >>>> your web browsing through a proxy in the Ukraine without your knowledge?
    >>>>
    >>> Thanks for the replies.
    >>>
    >>> How do I check for redirection thru a proxy?
    >>>

    >> Look in the options for connection properties in your browser.
    >>>
    >>> Meanwhile I killed my host file, and shut down addblock, but the problem
    >>> remains.
    >>>

    >> What do you mean "killed my host file"?

    >
    > Well I renamed it Xhosts.
    >

    That's a bad idea, since it may break things. What things it might break
    depends on what you have on your computer. It basically forces the
    computer to only use DNS, which is great unless a program looks for
    'localhost'. It will probably *not* affect browser usage.

    The default Windows XP hosts file is as follows. It's default location
    is in "%systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc". Have a look at the Microsoft
    document http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034#LetMeFixItMyselfAlways.

    Of course, if everything works for you, you don't need to do any of this.

    Cheers,

    Cliff

    # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
    #
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    #
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    #
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    #
    # For example:
    #
    # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

    127.0.0.1 localhost

    --

    The ends justifies the means - Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli.

    The end excuses any evil - Sophocles
    Enkidu, Mar 6, 2011
    #16
  17. Seagull

    Enkidu Guest

    On 08/03/11 13:46, Suzie Wong wrote:
    > On Sun, 06 Mar 2011 22:38:53 +1300,
    > Enkidu<> wrote:
    >
    >> On 06/03/11 14:38, William Brown wrote:
    >>> On Sun, 06 Mar 2011 11:42:34 +1300,
    >>> Enkidu<> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> What do you mean "killed my host file"?
    >>>
    >>> For the Dumbo here
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Plus you do not need to kill it, just add .xx on the end of it
    >>>

    >> Why not simply mark it read only if you really want to use such a
    >> stupid method of blocking sites?
    >>
    >> I've come across people with hosts files in excess of 500Kb which
    >> is plain stupid as it slows down browsing, since the hosts file is
    >> re-read for every single web site request. That mean if you request
    >> an average page from the Internet which contains maybe three or
    >> four images, several CSS files, maybe some Javascript, say 10
    >> requests in all, then your multi-kilobyte hosts file gets read 10
    >> times. The hosts file is not cached in memory, in spite of what
    >> that article says, but DNS is, so a large hosts file is going to
    >> slow internet access down hugely.
    >>
    >> If you don't believe me, point your favourite site to 127.0.0.1 in
    >> your hosts file and it will be inaccessible instantly. If you
    >> search on the Internet you will find many claims that the hosts
    >> file is cached, but it isn't. Some sites even recommend running
    >> ipconfig /flushdns if you change your hosts file! Totally rot as
    >> hosts file and DNS lookup are separate operations.

    >
    > So what can you use instead..?
    >

    I personally don't bother.

    Cheers,

    Cliff

    --

    The ends justifies the means - Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli.

    The end excuses any evil - Sophocles
    Enkidu, Mar 8, 2011
    #17
  18. Seagull

    Ralph Fox Guest

    On Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:46:39 +1300, in message <>
    Suzie Wong wrote:

    > >On 06/03/11 14:38, William Brown wrote:
    > >>
    > >> For the Dumbo here
    > >>
    > >> http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    > >>
    > >> Plus you do not need to kill it, just add .xx on the end of it
    > >>

    >
    > So what can you use instead..?



    Hello, Roger Sheppard (a.k.a. Suzie Wong a.k.a. William Brown)

    I use a proxy.pac file instead.
    You get much better and finer control than you do with a hosts file.


    --
    Kind regards
    Ralph
    Ralph Fox, Mar 8, 2011
    #18
  19. On Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:57:32 +1300, Ralph Fox <> wrote:

    >On Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:46:39 +1300, in message <>
    >Suzie Wong wrote:
    >
    >> >On 06/03/11 14:38, William Brown wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >> For the Dumbo here
    >> >>
    >> >> http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    >> >>
    >> >> Plus you do not need to kill it, just add .xx on the end of it
    >> >>

    >>
    >> So what can you use instead..?

    >
    >
    >Hello, Roger Sheppard (a.k.a. Suzie Wong a.k.a. William Brown)
    >
    >I use a proxy.pac file instead.
    >You get much better and finer control than you do with a hosts file.



    And were do you Dnload this from or do you have to make its yourself..?
    William Brown, Mar 8, 2011
    #19
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