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Spywareblaster; unable to create Host backup now


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#1 spc3rd

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 12:56 PM

Good afternoon everyone,

I have been using Spywareblaster for about a year now and have never had any problem when going to the Host's Safe, and clicking to create a new backup point...until today.

On this occasion, the program generated the message, "Hosts file not found." This has never occurred before. I am not sure this could be related to a problem I posted about on Oct. 27th in the Web Browsing Forum here.

(The post was regarding my sudden inability to access the McAfee Community Forum website, which has been resolved now thanks to the help of several forum members here).

Any advice/information regarding this Spywareblaster issue would be most appreciated1 :unsure:

Edited by spc3rd, 29 October 2011 - 01:01 PM.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:45 PM

Did you view your new replacement hosts file in the proper folder when it was redone? The only the presumption I can make is that it is not there from the message: "Hosts file not found."

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:07 PM

Thanks very much for the response, Animal!

To be frank...all I have ever done with this Spywareblaster program is periodically create a Hosts Safe backup and periodic System Snapshot. I only acquired the program after seeing quite a few recommendations regarding its usefulness.

Forgive me...but to be blunt...I'm a dummy when it comes to understanding stuff like this. I just got through removing the existing Spywareblaster program and re-downloading it again.

Perhaps the best thing for me is just to stay away from programs like this altogether. I seem to encounter more problems and headaches than they are worth! Having to keep asking others for help with every little issue gets old...very quickly!

Thank you for your time and help though!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:20 PM

To avoid the need for a 'back up' copy of your hosts file why not try MVPS HOSTS. http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

This is the hosts file I use. It has a self extracting batch file feature. This way if you need to replace it, you can just extract a new copy from the site. We track when they update the hosts file here at Bleeping computer in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic123980.html

This way you will know when it's time to update.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:21 PM

Hi again Animal!

I went to a Microsoft site and went through some type of hosts file "fix it" procedure. I also (on a recommendation), removed the Spywareblaster program from my computer altogether.

At present, I have Avast! AV (free), MBAM Pro running in real-time. SAS is on-demand only. I use Outpost Firewall as well. Hopefully no further issues will surface. By the way...how do I find the hosts file on my computer?

Many thanks again for your time and help!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:43 PM

You can right click the start button. Explore > then follow this path: Local Disk C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:56 PM

Thanks very much once again, Animal!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:01 PM

You're quite welcome.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:37 AM

I recommend using SpywareBlaster for its primary task, a program that restricts the actions of potentially dangerous sites by adding a list of sites and domains associated with known spyware, advertisers and marketers to the browser's "Restricted Sites Zone". SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based malware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software and blocks tracking cookies.
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Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:51 AM

I appreciate your additional feedback, Quietman7!

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 09:15 AM

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