I AM IN!!!!!!!
Got your hosts file... and everything seems to be ok. Also set the firewall to medium, though I'll try it in high later on. I'm thinking I should have remembered to replace the hosts file in the first place, but maybe if I had used easier searches early on I would've known right away ( I was searching for this band called the Eraserheads which I'm sure you haven't heard of... results were always zero, whatever the configuration)
Forgive my ignorance (you don't have to bash my head with a hammer, I'm doing it as I type).
And THANK YOU!!!
now if only I could watch that quicktime trailer...