Cannot sign in to Facebook: the solution

Try signing in to Facebook via

Cannot sign in (log in, log on — whichever you like) to Facebook? Not a reason to get upset. First, try to sign in via That’s a very simple web site — a start page which allows you to sign in to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Live Hotmail, GMail, and Yahoo! Mail with just one click.

Find out more at Favepad on how to use it as your start page (home page).

Use the link below to navigate to main page, and when it opens up, press “Sign in” in the Facebook box.

If it doesn’t help, come back and continue reading.

Clean up the hosts file

If you cannot get to Facebook, the site doesn’t open, you get the “Page cannot be displayed” error, an empty page is displayed, you get some sort of SMS activation or anything of this kind, it means the time has come to check your hosts file and clean it up if necessary.

It may turn out that some virus on your computer have made some changes into this file, and the file is very important for your browser and other programs to function correcty. So we need to check if it’s the source of your problem.

If you have Windows 7 or Vista on your computer, start Notepad as an administrator. To perform that, select “Start — All Programs”, find Notepad in Accessories, right-click on it and select “Run as Administrator”.

If you have Windows XP, simply start Notepad.

In Notepad, select “File — Open”.

Where do you find the hosts file? There it is, on your system drive (C:), in \Windows\System32\drivers\etc\:

How do I find the hosts file

Via “My Computer”, you have to navigate to the drive where your Windows is installed (most probably, it’s drive C:), and then to Windows — System32 — drivers — etc. There you will find the hosts file we’re looking for.

Now simply erase the contents of the file. Select everything with a mouse (or press Ctrl-A), and then press Delete. Then select “File — Save” (or simply press Ctrl-S).

This is how your hosts file should look like:

How do I clean up the hosts file

You may leave this one line if it's in there: localhost

Clear your browser cache and cookies

Just in case, go to your browser settings and clear its cache and cookies (this is also called “delete temporary files”).

Do a virus check

What antivirus do you have? How often does it get updates from the internet? Is everything is ok with it? Run a full computer scan and make sure you don’t have a virus on your computer. This is absolutely necessary.

Sign in to Facebook

Try to sign in to Facebook via once again. Most probably, the problem has been solved at this point. The link below takes you to main page. When it opens up, press “Sign in” in the Facebook box.
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