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#1 duaneemmi

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:46 AM

my nt computer has a windows. redirected hosts and fraud windows protection suite infection. I ran spybot and it found them but was unable to delete them. Hijackthis found them but was unable to delete the hosts in the c:\windows\system32\drivers\ect\host folder. Malwarebytes does not pick them up as does not s.a.s. Advast does not see them and defender by microsoft is of no use in this matter. Can you give me a hand in getting rid of these pest.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:28 AM

Please download HostsXpert - Hosts File Manager
  • Create a new folder on your hard drive called HostsXpert (C:\HostsXpert) and extract (unzip) the file there. (click here if you're not sure how to do this. Vista users refer to these instructions.)
  • Open the folder and double-click HostsXpert.exe to run the program.
  • If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.
  • Click "Restore MS Hosts File".
  • Click OK at the confirmation box.
  • Click "Make Read Only".
  • Click the X to exit the program.
-- If the Hosts file does not exist, you will be prompted to create a new one. Just press "Ok".
-- If you were using a custom Hosts file you will need to replace any of those entries yourself.


Note: If when running HostsExpert, you receive an error message "Cannot create the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file" or "Cannot open file C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts...access denied!, be aware there can be several reasons why you receive those types of errors:
  • The file's attributes may be set to "Read Only. Right-click on the HOSTS file and make sure Read Only is not checked.
  • Since the Hosts file is often used and altered by malware, some security programs (like Spybot S&D, WinPatrol, ZoneAlarm Pro, etc) will lock the HOSTS file's read-only attributes as protection so it cannot be changed without your knowledge unless you disable that feature.
  • If using Vista, it's User Account Control (UAC) blocks access to the HOSTS file since itís a system file. To get around this you may have to turn off UAC - How to Disable UAC the Easy Way on Win 7 or Vista.
or To add a customized HOSTS file to your system, do this:

Please download hosts.zip and save it to your Desktop.
Be sure to read and print out these Install Instructions with screenshots for the MVPS HOSTS File if you need them.
  • Extract (unzip) the file to its own folder C:\hosts. (click here if you're not sure how to do this. Vista users refer to these instructions.)
  • Open up the hosts folder and double-click on the mvps.bat file to run the script.
  • When running the mvps.bat file you may see a DOS window indicating the Previous version was saved and renamed...Press any key to continue...
  • Press any key and the DOS windows will close.
  • The script will rename your present HOSTS file to HOSTS.MVP and copy the new HOSTS file to the correct location on your system.
  • If any installed security programs provide an alert about changes to the HOSTS file, allow the change.
  • You can read more about what we are doing in Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File.
Note: You may have to overwrite the hosts file in "Safe Mode" if you get "an access denied message" when trying to do it in normal mode.

If you encounter a problem with the zipped version, try using an alternative zipping tool like 7zip or ExtractNow. If you still encounter problems, then use the MVPS HOSTS File text version. Go to File in the top menu and select "Save As", then save hosts.txt to your desktop. Rename it hosts without an extension. Go to the folder containing your existing HOSTS file and rename it HOSTS.MVP. Then copy the hosts file on your desktop into the same folder where you renamed the existing file.

-- Note: If using Vista or Windows 7, be aware that they require special instructions.
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