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Question about Hijacked Hosts Files


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#1 PEDALPOWERWORKBIKES

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Posted 25 December 2014 - 08:32 PM

I am new here and have installed both Rkill and Hijack This for my cleaning needs.
 
My GF somehow got spybot downloaded on her computer and it is corrupted.  I have removed the program, and the folder cannot be found in the C: drive so I am assuming it is gone,
 
But the Hosts files are Hijacked to the tone of 15,000+ files operating during her startup.....
 
I have included the file below......can you guys advise me on the best options to remove these multiple files? 
 
I have tried to reset the Windows Host files to default but ther reboot with each time i restart the computer
 
Attached File  Rkill.txt   1.39KB   3 downloads

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#2 PEDALPOWERWORKBIKES

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Posted 25 December 2014 - 09:54 PM

If you can recommend a good cleaner to handle the host files please let me know.  There are 15,000 of them ....and i need a scanner that will find them....

 

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 10:08 AM

There are several legitimate security programs which can add numerous entries to the HOSTS file. Spybot S&D offers four levels of protection to include...Immunization, Resident SDHelper, TeaTimer, Hosts file protection (adding entries).

If you use Spybot's immunization feature, the "Global (Hosts)" profile adds entries to the HOSTS file. Any inactive domains and those reported as false positives will be removed when doing immunization. However, the large size of the Hosts file created by Spybot immunisation has sometimes been reported to cause problems such as a significant delay when opening Internet Explorer.

If you perform an "Undo" via the Immunize button on the Spybot main screen, the entries Spybot added should be removed. From the Immunize panel, deselect the Hosts file protection as follows:
  • Click the Undo option at top of screen to remove all immunisations.
  • Uncheck Global Hosts...the last item in the list.
  • Click Immunize option at top of screen to re-apply immunization without the Hosts entries.
If you encounter issues with Spybot's HOST file feature (including removal and restoration), they should be reported here.
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