Hey guys two quick questions, I was running some anti-malware software on one system and started with Rkill and it apparently reset the HOSTS file. I looked more into this, and the entries there (that didnt look normal as I saw the default file only lists the 127.0.0.1 address and nothing else) well, first of all, did rkill reset it to default? because when I checked it it was defaulted, but Rkill showed some entries from suspicious addresses like google-analytics.com and ad.ea-manager.com or some crap etc.
And when I went to the microsoft article to look into resetting it myself, it asked me to copy their version, which said to create the file named HOSTS without an extension however my windows 7 machine's HOSTS file ends with .TXT (and also the 127.0.0.1 address was commented out with a # unlike my [rkill defaulted?] Hosts file...? For refrence here is the MS link, click "Fix it myself and scroll down to windows 7 to see what im talking about, they commented out the HOSTS part which is not commented out in my hosts file is this a mistake? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034
Also, I found this custom file on the net that says it blocks many common spyware,malware,tracking websites, and banner ads from running on your machine, is this of any real use? http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/
Just trying to make some sense of all this as I can understand that the microsoft website being wrong because of a slight editing mistake, but just mainly curious
Edited by bloopie, 11 October 2012 - 05:10 PM.
Moved to AII from Windows 7