When you launch AVG, go to the Help tab and click on About to see your version. You should also be able to see the version in Add/Remove Programs
via Control Panel.
AVG does not change
your HOSTS file but it will alert you that it has changed since the last scan. Although malware can be responsible for altering the HOSTS file in an attempt to redirect your browser, it does not do so without infecting other areas of your system. There are several legitimate security programs like SpySweeper
and Spybot S&D
which can add numerous entries to the 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.
Re: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hostsHost file changedWhat`s the hosts file for?
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.
The HOSTS file
is a text file that has no extension and can be viewed using notepad. At the top is an explanation of the simple syntax. Each line is an IP address, a domain name, and an optional comment placed after a # sign. A HOSTS file maps an IP address to a name. Please read Hosts File FAQS
To view the folder containing your Hosts file, go to Start > Run and type: %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\
The Hosts file has as no extension. The easiest way to access and view the contents is by using notepad.
- Double-click on the HOSTS file.
- A message will appear saying Windows can't open the file or Choose the program you want to open this file.
- Scroll down the list of programs until you see Notepad.
- Select it and click OK.