My hosts file is all comments (#).
I've looked at my router (North Carolina) via 192.168.0.1 and there are hardly any settings I can change. Conversely, my Verizon router (Maryland) had a lot of settings you could change.
My startup (NON-services, STARTUP tab/applet) is pretty bare minimum. Skype, MS keyboard, Logitech webcam, iTunes, Quicktime, MS Security client, Java and StickyNotes.
, for example, when I type it into the address bar and hit ENTER, the TITLE of the window changes immediately to that webpage meaning it's gotten something from that IP address. And quickly. But the green progress bar stalls.