My question was flagged as a duplicate, but the duplicate question has to do with the browser DNS cache, while my question is clearly not about the browser.

How do I block domains using the hosts file on Windows?

How do I resubmit it without someone marking it as a duplicate?

  • I've reopened it. However, please read my comments under your question carefully. – DavidPostill Sep 12 at 6:16
  • See… on Meta Stack Exchange. – gparyani Sep 12 at 8:29
  • Honestly it’s your question is not clear in the context of how it isn’t about a browser. Hosts file hasn’t changed, so how you block a domain, has not changed. You have been given suggestions to do, but haven’t done them, edit your question and politely respond to those suggestions (use the ping command, after you flush your dns, which I still believe is the answer to your question). Please be polite to everyone in the community, no matter how upset you might be, just be nice. – Ramhound Sep 12 at 12:10
  • @Ramhound The question never mentioned the browser. I specifically tested in the command line to rule out the browser. I also never mentioned the War of 1812, so would someone assume the question is about the War of 1812 because I didn't specifically state it wasn't about the War of 1812? I also never mentioned proxies, HDD, mobile phones, etc. I can't be expected to explicitly state everything that the question is not about! – Chloe Sep 12 at 19:06
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    @Chloe - When I flag a question as a duplicate, it's about the answer it received and/or the underline problem, not the question that was asked. You were asking about the hosts file, I believe the solution to your problem, is to flush your DNS. You were quick to indicate it wasn't a duplicate, but did you ever provide the output of the ping command, after you flushed your DNS cache? When I write an answer, I don't typically answer multiple questions, with the same answer. That is an inefficient way of finding information. I know the flush DNS was added...but only after the flag. – Ramhound Sep 12 at 19:18
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    The underline problem described in the duplicate by the way, has very little to do with a browser anyways, which is the reason I even made a comment. It doesn't matter how the domain is resolved to the incorrect IP address, once you modify the hosts file, if it's still resolving to the incorrect IP address it's normally caused by a DNS cache issue. I suggest you be more understanding of the thought process, you seem annoyed, we might have thought an existing answer solved your problem. We were only trying to help you. You still seem annoyed you had to provide proof it wasn't a duplicate. – Ramhound Sep 12 at 19:23

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