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Had security tool; cant save HOSTS file

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#1 KirbyK


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:57 AM

Greetings.... I had Security tool and followed the instructions for removal posted on this website. It worked great and I am much appreciative. However... after deleting C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\HOSTS file, I cant replace it using "save target as... from the link. (bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-security-tool step 22, 23) I'm told that I don't have administrator privliges. This is my home computer, running Vista with a Intel core 2 Quad. Thank you...

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#2 KirbyK

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:13 PM

Well so far the computer has been running fine. So what is .... drivers\etc\hosts file? seems to be running fine without it. I'll research more about it tomorrow when I have time. At work right now... no time to look.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:44 PM

You may just need to right click on the file amd select Run as Administrator.

But it must have worked... When using the Internet most people connect to web sites, ftp servers or other Internet servers by connecting to a domain name, as in www.bleepingcomputer.com. Internet applications, though, do not communicate via domain names, but rather using IP addresses, such as Therefore when you type a domain name in your program that you wish to connect to, your application must first convert it to an IP address that it will use to connect to.

The way these hostnames are resolved to their mapped IP address is called Domain Name Resolution. On almost all operating systems whether they be Apple, Linux, Unix, Netware, or Windows the majority of resolutions from domain names to IP addresses are done through a procedure called DNS.

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