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unblock uploaded.net with hosts file entry

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Scroll to the solution section or click here if you want to skip some rant.

It’s May 1, I live in India, I desperately wanted to download some learning material, and uploaded.net is blocked here. Well, say ‘fuck’ to the government’s censorship. I used to think it was the imbecile firewall at my office, but when it tried at my home internet recently, IE gives PCBD, and chrome gives you bummer. I did not want to use a web proxy right off, because sometimes they just do not work with AJAX enabled, cookie enabled websites. And most of them do not support file downloads (at least in my experience, may be i haven’t tried harder).

I hate it when the security builders leave loopholes, and hide behind the face of the infamous dialog in the security industry ‘Nothing is 100% secure’. Well, you forgot the basics. When you block a website, you don’t block it based on the domain name. You got to be more advanced than a firewall using school kid.

I will show you a simple hosts file entry technique here to bypass the tyranny.

 

Wow, don’t I relish and cherish to be a computer engineer. Happy labor day.

 

Img src: http://www.imgion.com/images/01/Celebater-This-Day-With-Labour-.gif

 

Problem

When you try to access uploaded.net, you can’t connect to the server. Both http, and https equivalent of the links. Your nslookup, ping fails. Somehow you manage to get the up of uploaded.net from online dns lookup websites, and instead of http://uploaded.net you try the ip http://81.171.123.200/, even then you can’t connect.

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Solution

1. Go to you favorite DNS look up website, mine happens to me http://ping.eu/nslookup/

2. Look up http://uploaded.net and get the ip addess

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3. Add a hosts file entry to uploaded.net as 81.171.123.200. (Remember the ip address of uploaded.net may change from the time of this writing). Windows hosts file location C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts. Linux hosts file location /etc/hosts. Open a notepad as admin (if UAC enabled in Windows Vista or abobe), use sudo in linux for your favorite text editor (gedit Smile with tongue out), if not running as root.

 

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4. Save the hosts file, breath the air of liberation. (and a free chick ad)

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5. Click the Free Download, or Premium Download (if you own a Villa, and not happen to be a miser)

6. Once your download link is generated, you get another bummer, this time the URL in the address bar happens to be a subdomain of uploaded.net with different IP address, and hence blocked. Hang on, let’s copy the complete FQDN of the server, and do a DNS look up at http://ping.eu/nslookup/

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7. DNS look up of http://fra-7m15-stor07.uploaded.net/ at http://ping.eu/nslookup yields an ip – 81.171.103.83. Add a host entry for the same server and ip. (Note: the download server may vary based on your location, make sure you copy the correct server name from the address for a dns lookup)

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8. Go back to your browser, hit the refresh button. See the magic.

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Once again, happy labor day!

 

 

Update – Aug 9 2014 – Some commenter said it does not work anymore, so here’s a screenshot for you today. Still works.

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Written by gmaran23

May 1, 2014 at 5:04 pm

25 Responses

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  1. Not working as of today. Still blocked. Any other way?

    Tire

    August 15, 2016 at 10:59 am

  2. it works like a charm. Thanks for sharing the knowledge!

    s3lvatico

    January 7, 2016 at 1:18 am

  3. You are a genius man. Thanks a lot for saving my day. Im from India was in desperate situation….but thank god you saved me. Excellent . For those who have trouble modifying hosts file here is simthe link how to do it:-
    http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/modify-your-hosts-file#Windows_NT2000XP

    Umman.V

    October 16, 2015 at 11:48 am

  4. wow thank you so much man it works perfectly!!!!

    fasdaf

    April 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

  5. Just realised , you have to do this EVERYTIME you generate a link :/ its not constant , and aint good when you have a premium account!

    Nauf

    February 10, 2015 at 1:07 am

  6. Just realised , you have to do this EVERYTIME you generate a link :/ its not constant , and sucks when you have a premium acount!

    Nauf

    February 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm

  7. Thanks so much! your a legend!

    Nauf

    February 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  8. hey my hosts file not saving plz help

    nick

    December 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    • may be the file is read only? or you don’t have permissions to edit?

      Try opening your editor with Admini privs. sudo or runas admin.

      gmaran23

      December 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  9. I tip my hat to you, kind sir. Worked like a charm. 🙂

    RS

    November 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  10. Works beautifully

    Abishek R Srikaanth

    October 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  11. It does not work for me

    Vijay

    September 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  12. download start stops at 1 second.any solution?

    muf

    September 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

  13. I was actually using https and it was stopping at 1 second. But, when I went back to http, it says that the website is blocked.

    AK

    August 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  14. Hi

    I did the steps. Yet, uploaded stops at 1 second and nothing happens after that. Are you not facing this right now?

    AK

    August 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  15. Hi tried this with uploaded but still getting the msg
    “Not Found

    The requested URL /fc8970qz was not found on this server.”

    Havent tried others. Have followed the steps exactly as given. Request if you could help me or point out any omission in the process from my side.

    thanks

    VJ

    August 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  16. I changed the host file for the first time (ip is still the same as in your tutorial) but uploaded did not open. I even restarted, but still no luck. Any suggestions?

    kkk12

    August 17, 2014 at 12:24 am

  17. Thanks so much for your insight. It worked like a charm as you had instructed. However I’ve two questions:- 1) I’m a premium downloader on uploaded. Now as you suggested if subdomain of uploaded.net has different IP address, and hence blocked, then do I need to copy different DNS look up for uploaded sub domain like “http://fra-7m15-stor07, 08, 09 etc. in the hosts file entry ? Because if that’s needs to be done then it’s really tedious …
    2) Would this trick work for other file hosters also or only for ul.to only.
    Your early revert would be appreciated.

    Raj

    August 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    • This trick works for a couple of other file sharing sites, and some others like piratebay, filestube..

      To make the subdomain’s nslookup a little less tedious, you may collect some frequent subdomains (by trying some uploads/downloads)and add IP mappings to all of them you have found in the hosts file. Or get creative and write an intercepting proxy script that when encounters a subdomain of uploaded.net does an nslookup and adds a hosts file entry for it. The script is what I would be after if I were in your position though it would take some for me script it.

      Let me know how you handle it so i’d learn a trick from you.

      gmaran23

      August 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      • hi bro did u ever manage to make a script for that auto hosts entry?

        abraham

        June 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      • Sorry I didn’t.

        gmaran23

        July 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  18. It is not working anymore

    suresh

    July 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

  19. hattts off……working

    farhan

    July 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm

  20. oh god you’re awesome, i’ve been lamenting the loss of uploaded for so long! many many thanks for this!

    Nikki

    July 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm


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