I have received several emails from users concerned that Windows is bypassing the Hosts file.
It is true that Windows allows some Microsoft sites even if they are blocked in the Hosts file.
After some internet research and forensics on my own computer I have found a list of hostnames
hard coded into the dnsapi.dll in the System32 directory.
On my computer these hostnames are:
The starred hostnames are still blocked if in the Hosts file.
All other hostnames being blocked in my Hosts file that I tested were still being blocked.
Personally I do not see this as a major concern just yet as only a few Microsoft sites bypass