Hi guys, this has been going for a couple of days now,
I cannot loginto windows live messenger and cannot update my avira free edition anti virus
So I tried updating my AV one night and found that I could not - kept coming up with an error... I could browse the web and torrent etc and so I believed that it was an issue with the AV (which the free edition does not contain a firewall btw) so i did a virus scan, came back clean, hit the forums, everything indicated a change to my host file. ipconfig /flushdns and /renew, reboot modem etc did not fix the issue.
I do not have a static IP, default windows 7 firewall etc
I ignored the issue for the moment, but found a couple of days later that this was not just Avira but also Windows Live Messenger...
troubleshooting windows live messenger came up with an error Error 80048820: Cannot Sign-in to Windows Live Messenger
so I performed all the steps as technet suggested: Error 80048820: Cannot Sign-in to Windows Live Messenger
this has not worked, my Host file remains unchanged and there have not been any recent changes - please note that I am using a netbook without a DVD drive and i really dont want to create a bootable windows usb to fix this issue... ideas anyone?