Right-click on hosts, choose properties / security
In Permissions for Users: note which permissions are allowed. You're going to set it back to this later. Click the box for Allow Full control. A tick should appear in it. Press OK and now you can edit the host file.
Important: trojans and other bad things sometimes try to mess with your host file, so after you have finished editing go back to the permissions page and set the permissions back to what they were before (mine were: allow only Read & Execute and Read)
EDIT: sorry AMK87, I just saw you already answered this!
Annoyingly, when I started this thread my system worked and now it doesn't!
If you've tried all the solutions in this thread and they still don't work you could do what I've ended up doing here:
This also works for TVU and Sopcast if you have any problems with them.
Hi martist,where is the 'host' file to click on? yes i'm not very computer literate.
I am so much in your collective debt. each time i solve a computer problem (with help) i feel so good! and now my vist is back on line with tv ants. cheers mates!
Guys you are great!
THX a lot for this useful thread!
i had the same problems with tvants and tvu but with your descricption to change the host file and the permission, i got everything back to run as usual...
i tried what u've mentioned. but it didn't allow me to save. btw, how do you turn off the active user account?
Manage user accounts here: control panel / user accounts & family safety/ user accounts / manage another account. Here you can turn accounts on or off. If you've only got one account defined you can't turn it off.btw, how do you turn off the active user account?
thanks MARTIST. tvants work fine on me now.
Thank you, it finally works .
All Computer hackers should be nominated to the nobel prize!!
Haha, THX for the help!
Cheers AMK87 - sorted it right out. Many thanks indeed
Just to confirm that my workaround in post #1 has started working again. Don't know how I broke it; one of life's mysteries.
Thank you so much guys!
I've been searching the internet for almost two hours now before I found this very helpful thread, which explaines the steps to take in a way even I can understand!
Great job and again thanks a lot!
Chargers fan 5834 miles away from San Diego.
It worked it worked!!! OMG! Been trying to figure this mofo out for about a friggin half year+ now!
I followed everything to a tee, but WMP didn't work. So I copied the link in there and put it in VLC and it works now! Obviously though you still need to keep TVAnts running in the background! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
AMK87 - thank you so much, this seemed like such a straight forward fix, but as soon as I edited the host file everything was up and running!!
I want to give a HUGE thanks to AMK87 for that tip!! Now Tvants works again.
I also want to give some tips for Vista users that aren't computer literate because I had to jump through a few hoops to modify the c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file.
Vista is VERY anal as many of you have already figured out. Sure, the file will be displayed if you look for in in Notepad- but you can't save it. Right-clicking on Notepad and selecting "Run as administrator" will most likely get you same message that I got- "No items match your search".
I'm going to walk everyone through this step-by-step because it DOES work and I don't want to leave anyone behind just because they don't know much about computers.
Step #1- Click on the "Start" button (the Windows icon at the very bottom lefthand side of your screen)
Step #2- Click on "Programs"
Step #3- Click on "Accessories"
Step #4 RIGHT Click on *Notepad* and Click on "Run as administrator". (You will get a popup message from Vista- choose "Continue")
Step #5- Click "File" in Notepad and then click "Open".
Forget about using the address bar at the top. That is how I went through the process and it took forever... *sigh* (Vista won't allow you to find the "Hosts" file even if you have selected to "show hidden files"). GRRRR
Step #6- type c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts in the "File name" box at the bottom of the window and Click on "Open"
Step #7- follow the instructions posted by AMK87- "To fix this problem, add the line “127”.0.0.1 localhost” line back in above the “::1” line, like this:
Step #8- Click on "File" at the top of the Notepad window and Click on "Save".
Step #9- NOW tvants WILL be working!!
Thanks again, AMK87!!!