How do I stop the Drifta from forcing updates / checking in with the DStv servers?

Posted on August 8, 2011

The following is the list of servers and IP Addresses that the DStvmobile sites currently use :


To block them, locate your hosts file and then  insert the following lines at the bottom:

To locate your hosts file :

This will block all of these sites from being accessed by your computer and therefore stop any spying and/or forced upgrades from happening. Just be aware that if you want to upgrade the software yourself, you will either need to temporarily remove the entry from the hosts file and download your update from :

To test you have it working, try and access the URL above after making the changes (and rebooting your computer).
What it does …
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local (your) machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems.

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Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

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