How-to Fix "Cannot Start TSS Service, hosts is not writeable"

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On March 10, 2011

Cannot Start TSS Service
DO NOT TRY RESTORING YOUR DEVICE!!!
C:Windowssystem32driversetchosts is not writeable!

This error appears whenever you clicked the “Start TSS Server” on TinyUmbrella. Why TinyUmbrella cannot start TSS service? TinyUmbrella needs administrator privileges to start TSS Server.

Q: Why does TinyUmbrella require administrator privileges?
A: TinyUmbrella does two things which require admin rights:

* Modifies your hosts file
* Listens on port 80 of your local machine

When you run TinyUmbrella using a standard user account, it’s the reason why TinyUmbrella’s server is not running.

Cannot Start TSS Service hosts file

How-to make C:Windowssystem32driversetchosts writeable and let TinyUmbrella’s TSS Service running smoothly?

  • On Windows
  • Run TinyUmbrella as Administrator (or ask your administrator to have permission editing hosts file for your user account). Restart TinyUmbrella to Start TSS Server again.

  • On Mac
  • Run TinyUmbrella as Super User (root). You may use sudo command. Restart TinyUmbrella to Start TSS Server again.

  • http://www.facebook.com Hashim kunda

    I tried running as administrator bt still having the same erro please help………………….

    • http://iphoners.org/ iPhoners

      What does it say if you Open Notepad as Administrator (right click on notepad in start menu) → click File→Open → browse to C:WindowsSystem32Driversetchosts ?
      Let me know

      • tarun

        # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
        #
        # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
        #
        # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
        # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
        # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
        # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
        # space.
        #
        # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
        # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
        #
        # For example:
        #
        # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
        # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

        # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
        # 127.0.0.1 localhost
        # ::1 localhost
        74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

  • tarun

    MY NOTEPAD GIVES ME THIS MESSAGE WRITTEN

    # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
    #
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    #
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
    # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
    # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    #
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    #
    # For example:
    #
    # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
    # 127.0.0.1 localhost
    # ::1 localhost
    74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

  • Hashim Kunda

    Finally i got the solution……browse to C:Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts
    The host file was host.txt so i renamed it and removed .txt just host and viola it worked

    • ntt

      great. it works.

  • dued

    mines not working at all tried everything :/

    • dan

      just rename it hosts remove .txt or .bak? thats it

  • oddcoot89

    Hashim Kunda said this:
    "Finally i got the solution……browse to C:Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts
    The host file was host.txt so i renamed it and removed .txt just host and viola it worked"
    it taltoly worked for me thncks

  • judjmentday

    you should shut down the antivirus and the firewall

  • AlphaMigs

    damn… it didnt work :(

  • koko

    browse to C:Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/ …. delete extension of host file , so the file name must be just host , without extension,

  • naveen

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    bhosri kaaa gandu iphone dakha bhi ha tuna salaaa madarchod
    …………………………………………………………………………….

  • kenshigros

    Hi.
    I got the same problem but in vain nothing happens.
    I got Windows 7 64-bit and tried running TU with privileges but nothing.
    When I checked thew C:WindowsSystem32Driversetc drawer I got only these:

    Imhosts.sam
    networks
    protocol
    services

    Any help ?

    Thanks in advance

    • leon

      Solution just delete the etc folder WindowsSystem32Driversetc and copy etc folder from another computer and paste it back where you delete
      100% solution

      by leon

  • Anthony

    i got the same thing
    Imhosts.sam
    networks
    protocol
    services
    im not seeing hosts at all

  • Chrys

    .txt doesnt show up on mine……but under the file, it shows up as a text document. Can i save it in another program?

  • Sdtcrack

    Chrys i just had the same problem and i find the solution. You need to get a original host file.