I believe the file in question is available here: http://support.esri.com/cn/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/40542.
A discussion of the changes is also posted at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/supportcenter/2013/01/04/changes-to-default-geocoding-locator-options-at-....
Thanks for taking the time to post. Unfortunately the first link is for an XML file that removes ALL online locators. The second link leads to an article that eventually takes me to this page http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/40802 but I cannot follow those instructions because I have Arcmap 10.0.
Thanks. I was able to follow those instructions in ArcMap 10. Is it your understanding that the World Service always requires a sunscription and credentials?
There's a new default locator XML file you have to download-once you get the new file, here's what to do with it (it's an e-mail from ESRI Tech Support:
This is Kara M. with Esri Technical Support regarding incident #1240876. The reason you are experiencing this error message is that we have officially retired the tasks address locators. More information regarding the deprecation of the tasks locators can be found here:To resolve the initial issue of the error message you are receiving, please follow the steps below:
1. Close out of all ArcMap and ArcCatalog sessions.
2. Download the attachment from this email.
3. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Locators and rename the DefaultLocators.xml to DefaultLocatorsOLD.xml.
4. Copy and paste the attached file into this folder.
5. Open ArcMap and retest.
HowTo: Add the World Geocoding Service to ArcMap for batch geocoding