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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:26 AM
Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:32 AM
AVG does not change your HOSTS file but it will alert you that the HOSTS file has changed since the last scan. What security programs are you using? Although malware can be responsible for altering the HOSTS file, some security programs like SpySweeper and Spybot S&D have features that can add entries to your HOSTS file and that action may be detected as a change. If you downloaded and used a custom HOSTS file or made edits that too would trigger a change detection. If you did not make any changes or do not have security programs with these features, then you need to investigate what the changes are.
I have installed and run spy spybot search and destroy...My own avg free edition, shows that my host file has changed
The HOSTS file should not show as changed unless the user is aware of a program needing a change made to it and is aware that it is being altered. Protection softwares and also Malware's will often change this file so they can affect where a computer goes to on the internet.
This is one reason why the user on this system needs to look at the file to make certain that something didn't change it and if so determine if it is a good or bad change...
General system maintenance can change the file even when it isn't apparent by visual inspection. AVG uses a checksum to compare a file before and after and a minor change or correction to the file could have caused it to appear changed.
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