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Windows 7 hosts file

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#1 sumorunner


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Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:54 AM

I've got a browser search redirect imbedded somewhere in my hosts configuration but can't find the file to edit it out and hijackthis cannot fix it. The c:/windows/system32/etc/hosts is merely a sample and it's not buried in the registry. Where is the file that contains this rubbish?

Hosts: www.google.com.
Hosts: google.com.
Hosts: google.com.au.
Hosts: www.google.com.au.
... many more

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 11:37 AM

Copy and paste these lines in Note pad.

@Echo on
attrib -h -s -r hosts
echo localhost>HOSTS
attrib +r +h +s hosts
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns
netsh winsock reset all
netsh int ip reset all
shutdown -r -t 1
del %0

Save as flush.bat to your desktop.
Right click on the flush.bat file to run it as Administrator. Your computer will reboot itself.

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#3 sumorunner

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 12:48 PM


By the time you posted that I had figured most of it out already. After 40 years in the biz you'd think it would have been a snap for me, but the SOBs got me with a beginners trick. I just didn't look at the scroll indicator.

The hosts file looked OK when it was opened in an editor but they put about 200 blank lines before their aliases, so one doesn't see the redirects unless he scrolls way down to the bottom of the file. Simple thing to get rid of after that.

Others be warned, it's important to return the attributes to +R +S +H when done.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:34 AM

how did u fix it

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 10:05 PM


a batch file is a file that has several commands in it Its like a run once command

that batch file will reset host file, release your ip, renew your ip and flushes your DNS caches and reset your window catalog files and restarts

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