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For those who want to apply justmike's excellent fix and want instructions that are more spelled out (though this might still be hard for some):
Goal: Add a line to a file called "hosts" on your computer. The file is called simply "hosts" with no extension.
1. Find the file. On the Mac: justmike says it's in a folder called "etc". On Windows: go to the folder C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc. You may need to choose "Show hidden files and folders" in the Folder Options menus to see this. OR on Mac or Windows, search for the file (Windows: ignore the hosts file in the I386 folder--that's not it).
2. Open "hosts" in a text editor. Sorry, Macs, I don't know what yours is called, but I bet if you doubleclick on the file the Mac will open it. Windows: use Notepad by doubleclicking on the file and choosing Notepad from the list.
3. Go down to a line below all the lines that begin with "#". Type this in starting at the left:
127.0.0.1 w w w.youchoose.net
Don't put the spaces between "w w w"--I had to put those there so it wouldn't get turned into a link here. You do need at least one space between127.0.0.1 and www.
4. Save the file.
5. Restart your machine (I believe Windows requires this--don't know about the Mac.
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