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Hosts Files Infection?


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#1 xEnvious

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:52 AM

Hi. I don't know if it's an update from Spybot or something but Adaware finds 12 hosts files on my computer and when I try to quarantine or remove them, it takes no action. The TAI rating shows a hint of yellow, too. I ran scans in my other computers too and they all show the same result. The MRU seems dangerous as it has a bug on it.

I ran Spybot, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, and a NOD32 scan but they pick up nothing. Is this something I should worry about and get rid of? Please help! Thanks in advance.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 01:05 PM

An example HOSTS file is shown here. An example of a customized HOSTS file is shown here. If you are using, Spybot S&D, it custom HOSTS file will include a line "#Start of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy".

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.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:01 PM

Yes. I've tried that and I did find those hosts files that Ad-Aware detected as malicious. But, those same exact website names were also under "#Start of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy"

This means that I'm fine and it's just a conflict between Ad-Aware and SpyBot, right?

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:11 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...mp;#entry946702
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:30 PM

Since you are already have an open topic, please continue in that thread. Do not start new threads or duplicate topics as this causes confusion and makes it more difficult to get the help you need to resolve your issues. Thanks for your cooperation.

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