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where can I get windows\system32\drivers\etc


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#1 head hunter

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 11:37 PM

had "security tool" malware infection. Used the uninstall guidlines on this site and was doing fine until line 19
in the instructions. I was able to delete the windows\system32\drivers\etc\HOSTS, but I am lost as to what to do now.

Edited by Budapest, 17 November 2010 - 01:19 AM.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 10:50 AM

You can download the default HOSTS file for your operation system.-- Note: If the contents of the HOSTS file opens in your browser when you click on the download link, then right-click on it and select Save Target As... if using Internet Explorer, or Save Link As... if using Firefox.

Also see How to reset the hosts file back to the default.

To do this automatically, click the Posted Image button.
Click Run in the file download dialog box or save MicrosoftFixit50267.msi to your Desktop and double-click on it to run. Then just follow the promots in the Fix it wizard.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 10:15 PM

When I click the "Windows XP HOSTS File Download Link" I get the following screen, no additional links or anything that does anything.

# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
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# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost

I have no idea how to use this.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:02 PM

Save the file as hosts (without any extension) and save it to your Desktop. If you inadvertently saved the file with an .htm, .html or .txt extension, just right-click on it and rename to remove that extension. Click this link if you do not see the file extension.
Vista/Windows 7 users should refer to these instructions.

Click Yes if you receive a prompt that says "If you change a file name extension, the file may become unusable.
Are you sure you want to change it?
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Go to Posted Image > Run..., and in the Open box, type: %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\
Click Ok.
This will open the directory where you need to place your hosts file.

Edited by quietman7, 17 November 2010 - 11:05 PM.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:33 PM

I saved it to the desk top, executed the run command and then did a drag and drop of the file in the box that opened... closed it all out and re-ran the command and when the box opened it was there. Success. Thank you

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 07:49 AM

You're welcome.
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