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Can not Access Three Web Sites

by 4drdave / April 8, 2006 12:45 AM PDT

I am having trouble accessing paypal, ebay and Each time I try to go to those sites the computer redirects me to the search page.

Ihave tried deleting cookies, deleting files. I have run spam ware without success. I have also changed browser from IE to Firefox but still the same prolem.

Does anybody have any help or suggestions.

Dave Hartson

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by Scott Simontis / April 8, 2006 1:10 AM PDT

This sounds like classic spyware. Download Spybot Search and Destroy, and Lavasoft AdAware SE. You can get both of these at Run both of them, delete any spyware found, and see if you can access those sites.

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by 4drdave / April 8, 2006 9:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Spyware

I ran Spybooty and Ad Ware and I still have the problem. HELP!!

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Check your hosts file
by joesmithers06 / April 8, 2006 1:12 AM PDT

Some spyware likes to alter your hosts file, which could cause behavior like you describe. Use the find function to locate your hosts file, and then open it with notepad and see what it contains.

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check your host files.
by 4drdave / April 8, 2006 7:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Check your hosts file

Can you walk me through how to do that.

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How to Check The Host File
by Scott Simontis / April 9, 2006 7:20 AM PDT
In reply to: check your host files.

To get to the host file, go to the Windows folder, System32, Drivers, etc, and you should see several files, one of them named hosts. This is the host file. Instead of hunting for a bad entry, I will give you a link to a host file that blocks out most ad sites.

Download the file, and copy everything inside of it. Then, open the hosts file by double clicking on it, and select Notepad to open it. Highlight everything inside, and then paste what you copied before. Anything in your old host file will now be overwritten with the new hosts file.

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Problem Fixed
by 4drdave / April 9, 2006 11:26 AM PDT

Thank everybody for their help. My problem is fixed. Those three sites were hijacked by spyware. And with your help I was able to fix it.

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