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HELP! "Restricted Sites" list contains sites I didn't add

by jason_he / November 15, 2004 8:05 AM PST

In my "Restricted Sites" zone in Internet Explorer, I noticed a long list of websites and some IP addresses that I did not add. I have never added any sites to that list. How did those sites get there?

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Re: HELP! "Restricted Sites" list contains sites I didn't ad
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 15, 2004 9:04 AM PST

I wouldn't worry about it.

I've got a load of restricted sites as well, had them since I purchased the computer. It could be Microsoft inserting them with the install of IE, or the manufacturer installing them, or perhaps if you're using an anti-spyware application that inserted them.

Whatever, if they are there, it would seem likely there's good reason for them to be there.


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Re: HELP! "Restricted Sites" list contains sites I didn't ad
by jason_he / November 15, 2004 11:23 AM PST

Okay, thanks. \

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sites I didn't ad// Jason do you have Spybot S&D..
by tobeach / November 22, 2004 2:51 PM PST

installed with the "allow permanent blocking..." if so it acts as a "host file" of bad sites. Many other types of Nanny Programs also do this.
But it depends on whats in there! I once caught a trojan and one of it's first actions was to completely replace the list in there with its' own list which was comprised of every "Good" help site known incl : Virtually every AV site and provider, All known legit anti-spyware sites (Adaware, Spybot, etc) plus most major help sites incl MS knowldge base etc. this would prevent you going online to seek help. Cute!
A quick scan thru should let you know if this has happened. If AV & firewall company names in there that's the sign!
If you want, they can be deleted but if from a good program you have then leave 'em. Enjoy! Happy

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I have "Spybot S&D"
by jason_he / November 23, 2004 11:42 PM PST

I have immunized my computer with Spybot's Search & Destroy, and I have found that that is the cause of the problem. Thanks to all

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deleted sites how do i add them back
by jtx39 / July 20, 2011 5:05 PM PDT

What happens if you delete some sites b/c you did not know what you where doing. Then you read these post. How do you add them back? and I have no idea what sites they where or how many. Any help would be great. I have windows 7, norton, and internet explorer 9.

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Again, I wouldn't worry.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 20, 2011 10:16 PM PDT

If you don't know what you deleted then don't worry about it.


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