why no access to certain sites??

  realm 20:01 05 Jan 2006

My brother can use the internet on his pc which is hooked up to mine.

it works fine but on certain sites such as hotmail and ebay it wont load the page.

when i follow the instructions on the PAGE CANT NOT BE DISPLAYED i still cant sort the problem.

please could someone help??

any ideas??

  Skyver 20:12 05 Jan 2006

Does your brother's PC lose any packets if you go to start menu/run, type `cmd`, type `ping w-w.ebay.co.uk` for example (replace w-w with www) - or any of your other problematic sites. Does it happen if you just go to the homepage or if you try to log in to an ebay or email account?

  realm 20:19 05 Jan 2006

well i tried that just now. and it said it sent 4 packets and lost all 4.

for ebay that is

any idea what is causing it? anythin like cookies?
im not really up on the internet.

  realm 20:22 05 Jan 2006

and it wont let me access ebay at all. even links to pages/items etc

  Skyver 20:42 05 Jan 2006

Is it using Internet Connection Sharing with your main machine? What version of Windows are the PC's running? Cookies won't prevent you accessing a site - your `hosts` file might, in a different place according to what version of Windows, or spyware - have you run any anti-spyware scans?

  realm 20:48 05 Jan 2006

it uses the net from my pc. its not a router, its a switch. so if i turn my pc off he cant use the net.
all other sites are fine except ebay and hotmail

its windows xp pro he has. we just reformated it last week.

i could try adware i suppose but i think it is something else.

what are host files? can i change these?

  VoG II 20:53 05 Jan 2006

Find the file


and rename it to hosts.txt and restart your PC.

You may need to enable viewing of hidden files and folders:

1. Click Start.
2. Click My Computer.
3. Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
4. Select the View Tab.
5. Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
6. Click Yes to confirm.
7. Uncheck the Hide file extensions for known file types.
8. Click OK.

Search for Hidden Files
By default, the Search companion does not search for hidden files. Because of this, you may be unable to find files, even though they exist on the drive.

To search for hidden or system files in Windows XP:

Click Start, click Search, click All files and folders, and then click More advanced options.

Click to select the Search hidden files and folders check boxes.

  Skyver 20:56 05 Jan 2006

Do you run anti spyware and anti virus anyway? Your hosts file can be found in Windows\System32\etc\drivers - if it's 734 bytes then it hasn't been changed so can be ruled out.
Sorry, my mistake, pinging ebay loses the packets here too and I know I can access the site. Hotmail can be pinged successfully though, try that.
If you get no result from the www version, try pinging the IP address itself
This bypasses the DNS server(s).

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