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#1 brillo

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 01:40 AM

I'm here through a circuitous path. It started with an alert from Windows Defender Beta2 after latest update (1.14.1396) on 4/13/06. Message was "Possible Hosts file Hijack", Description: This program has potentially unwanted behavior. Resources: file: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts"

Found no useful additional info at WD Beta2 site. So I started search to learn about hosts file. Found and read bleeping FAQs, posts, etc., on hosts files. There are pages and pages on this topic and many different suggested HOSTS file installations and various ways to install them. Mostly Greek to me (beta.. ha!). It's all VERY confusing.

This much I know: I have 2 hosts files, both in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\ , one is hosts, named "hosts iCalendar file 1kb". I can't figure out how to open it. The other is "HOSTS file 31 kb", opening it in notepad shows the following:
127.0.0.1 1.httpdads.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 207-87-18-203.wsmg.digex.net #SpySweeperCASS
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127.0.0.1 www.kaplanindex.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.linksynergy.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.nailitonline2.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.netdirect.nl #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.netflip.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.netsponsors.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.netvertising.be #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.nrsite.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.oneandonlynetwork.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.onresponse.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.postmasterbannernet.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.qksrv.net #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.speedyclick.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.targetshop.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.teknosurf2.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.teknosurf3.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.valueclick.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.webads.nl #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www.websitefinancing.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www10.valueclick.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www15.ad.tomshardware.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www2.burstnet.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www2.newtopsites.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www23.valueclick.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www3.ad.tomshardware.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www3.bannerspace.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www3.pagecount.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www4.ad.tomshardware.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www4.trix.net #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www6.ad.tomshardware.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www75.valueclick.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www8.ad.tomshardware.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 www80.valueclick.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 y.ibsys.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 z.extreme-dm.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 z0.extreme-dm.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 z1.adserver.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 z1.extreme-dm.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 zi.r.tv.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 zrap.zdnet.com.com #SpySweeperCASS
127.0.0.1 as.casalemedia.com #SpySweeperCASS

I think this means that SpySweeper is stopping all the junk listed. But with all I've read, I'm not sure.

In one of the tutorials at http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htm#Proxy, I found this: These type (proxy) problems may also occur if you changed ISPs and the previous settings were not removed properly. Or if you have had a previous "Spyware\Adware" problem, it may be possible that the infection may have altered your system settings. You can determine this by running HijackThis and see if the following entries exist. (these are just a few examples)

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = 127.0.0.1:8080
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = local

I just ran HJT. HJT log shows:
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:9022
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = ;127.0.0.1;<local>

Based on what the referenced tutorial stated, it LOOKS TO ME like HJT may be indicating, "that the infection may have altered your system settings." But I don't know if that's a correct interpretation of the HJT log.

After all this reading, I don't understand Hosts, (HOSTS, hosts, host, HOST) files at all. I don't even know why they have so many names, (NAMES, Names, NAME, name).

Could someone knowledgable point me in the right direction to better understand this Hosts stuff, and if possible, suggest what's going on with my system (the WD Beta2 alert, HOSTS file, hosts file), what I should do about it, or how to find out what I should do?????????????. First question is what should I tell WD Beta2 to do: ignore, remove, quarantine, or always allow this "Possible Hosts file Hijack?" BTW, if I tell WD to ignore it, the alert never goes away. If I tell WD to remove it, it STILL never goes away. ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! about every half hour. I'd really prefer to stop that, you know? OK, sure, uninstalling WD solves the immediate problem, but what if this alert is the real deal, I just don't have enough clear and concise info to know, either way....

Thanks, Rob

Edited by brillo, 17 April 2006 - 04:32 AM.


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Posted 17 April 2006 - 12:21 PM

Spy Sweeper has a two step HOSTS file protection which includes notification and prompt to allow/disallow a change to the HOSTS file and a Host File Shield.

Hosts File FAQS: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htm

How to Use a Hosts File:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/hosts-files-explained/
http://castlecops.com/article-5660-nested-0-0.html

Blocking Unwanted Sites with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

Editor's Note posted at mvps.org: In most cases a large HOSTS file (over 135 kb) tends to slow down the machine. This only occurs in W2000 and XP. Windows 98 and ME are not affected.
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