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17.As this infection also changes your Windows HOSTS file, we want to replace this file with the default version for your operating system. Please note that if you or your company has added custom entries to your HOSTS file then you will need to add them again after restoring the default HOSTS file. In order to protect itself, Security Guard changes the permissions of the HOSTS file so you can't edit or delete it. To fix these permissions please download the following batch file and save it to your desktop:
Hostsperm.bat Download Link
When the file has finished downloading, double-click on the hostsperm.bat file that is now on your desktop. If Windows asks if you if you are sure you want to run it, please allow it to run. Once it starts you will see a small black window that opens and then quickly goes away. This is normal and is nothing to be worried about. You should now be able to access your HOSTS file.
18.We now need to delete the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\HOSTS file. Once it is deleted, download the following HOSTS file that corresponds to your version of Windows and save it in the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc folder.
Windows XP HOSTS File Download Link
Windows 2003 HOSTS File Download Link
Windows Vista HOSTS File Download Link
Windows 2008 HOSTS File Download Link
Windows 7 HOSTS File Download Link
Your Windows HOSTS file should now be back to the default one from when Windows was first installed.
i cannot replace the host file. i have Vista. i have copied and pasted what is on the download link after deleting my current Host. It says unable to change. when I try to save it.
Is this necessary ? Im stuck.
Edited by sandygee, 19 March 2010 - 12:58 PM.