Many, many times I unchecked "Allow Spotify to be opened from the web" in the “Advanced settings”. Just as often I checked “No proxy”. But, these settings are not saved.
Every time again this annoying “WebHelper” is running and it also appears in automatic start up items with Windows. Above that, approach through the browser is impossible since many many weeks (“Oops, something went wrong, try again”).
If I could approach Spotify from the browser, I would uninstall the whole desktop programme.
Because I am obliged to use the desktop programme, I want to get rid of this annoying WebHelper for good.
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Oh, it's good that you got the web player work! 🙂
I am not exactly sure why the web helper is running, but I could guess:
Spotify is allowed to run from the browser, ie you click on a Spotify link or a play button ( such as those on last.fm) then it sends a nudge to the desktop program to open and play this song or playlist. That web helper could serve this purpose. I am entirely not sure if turning off the "allow Spotify to be opened from web" from the Spotify preferences would make it disappear, I have never tried. 🙂
About the hosts file... I have a lot of entries there. 😉 Its purpose is linking addresses with the IP's. Redirecting an address to another IP as well. An entry could be something like
192.168.20.1 www.thing.com. (it's a random example)
When you enter www.thing.com to your browser, then it will check the hosts file first for that entry (before going on to the DNS service with the query if the hosts file didn't help). It found an IP linked to the address and goes to connect to that device.
If it's 0.0.0.0, the address is redirected to void.
127.0.0.1 is a loopback, back to the same machine.
It's useful if you want to block access to some website, or you want to redirect address to another computer (or website) instead, or if you have a website you work on, which is not yet live and the list goes on. Good file, but majority of us don't use it. 😉
Hopefully that answers some of your questions. 🙂