Rkill will display the first 20 valid entries in the HOSTS file
which sometimes is altered (modified) by malware infection. Rkill will also check the permissions on the HOSTS file and reset them if the administrator does not have proper permissions. Modification of this file does not necessarily mean your system is infected since some legitimate security programs and custom HOSTS files can also add numerous entries.
For example, Spybot S&D
offers four levels of protection
to include...Immunization, Resident SDHelper, TeaTimer, Hosts file protection
If you used Spybot's immunization feature
, the "Global (Hosts)" profile typical adds about 15493 entries to the HOSTS file starting with 127.0.0.1. If you open the Hosts file, the note at the top and bottom will show the entries were inserted by Spybot:
# Start of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy
# This list is Copyright 2000-2008 Safer Networking Limited
# This list is Copyright 2000-2007 Safer Networking Limited
# End of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy
If you perform an "Undo" via the Immunize button on the Spybot main screen, the entries Spybot added should be removed.
RKill should have created a log file named RKill.log
and saved it to the root directory, usually C:\. Open it in Notepad...then copy and paste the contents of the RKill.log in your next reply.
Internet connectivity problems can occur for a variety of reasons
to include corrupted networking software installation, third-party software inserting itself into the network adapter settings, misconfiguration or corruption issues with TCP/IP protocol stack and Winsock due to malformed LSP, deletion or incorrect removal of networking software and removal of a malware component which had inserted itself into the winsock. There are some common (but simple) solutions which can help resolve connectivity issues...refer to these instructions