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I'm running Windows XP Pro. I had a virus yesterday, and ran rkill.com & Malawarebytes to remove 4 infections. I then installed Avira Anti-Virus (free edition).
Now Internet Explorer will only display sites that begin with "https". I downgraded from IE8 to IE7; same results. I downloaded Google Chrome; that won't display any websites. Firefox works fine for everything.
I found a solution for the HOSTS file; the computer only had a file named "hosts.old", so I followed the instructions for HostsXpert. When I opened it, it told me a host file didn't exist then offered to create one. I did - same problems as before.
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