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#1 charlie007

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 04:49 PM

Can someone please let me know if i have a virus on my PC.

I use AVG Free antivirus and recently it's bringing up an error message C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\hosts\etc when scanning... can some one confirm if this is a virus or a file which has been modified by Microsoft windows updates etc.

If it's not a virus is it safe for me to programme AVG to ignore the file eg: AVG / testcentre / F3 / ignore file when scanning.

please help :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:15 PM

It depends on what's modifying your hosts file - if it's a legitimate app, then it's OK. But if it's malware, then it's a huge problem!

I'd suggest posting here for more detailed information: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/25/antivirus-firewall-and-privacy-products-and-protection-methods/
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:18 PM

you can open the hosts file with notepad and see if a program like spybot has changed it with it's immunize function

that's good, I love that feature

malware can use the host file and change it also, that's bad
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:41 PM

Thanks for the replies, but DaChew question for you, how would i know if Spybot has changed anything, i have looked in there and theres hundreds in there?

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:35 PM

mine show the dates that spybot created backups and made a new one and the file themselves(all open with notepad by the way)

they say

127.0.0.1 localhost
# Start of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy


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