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Hosts file.

Running XP Pro. There is a Hosts file, assumedly put there by Win XP . Is it being used with normal operation. The reason that I ask, when I search on hosts file they all seem to offer a hosts file to download. Is something wrong with XP's???

I use the XP Antispyware. Would that modify the hosts file when it finds culprits????

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I found this

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Ray, Probably the Very Basic HOSTS From XP..

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The HOSTS.sam file is a sample file for HOSTS and it really doesn't do much. (You can open the file with Notepad and read it as a text file to see what's included.) A "real" HOSTS file will have NO FILE EXTENSION. It's simply named "HOSTS". Some spyware programs do place a small HOSTS file to block a few known sites.

The HOSTS file that I have is about 1 MB in size, so it's fairly large and it has thousands of banned sites. Check the file size on the one you have and open it up and see if there are a number of websites listed next to the 127.0.0.1 redirect address.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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I have a Hosts file [also a host.sam].

In reply to: Ray, Probably the Very Basic HOSTS From XP..

The hosts is 34 K. Lots of 127.0.0.1 files. Seems it was last modified in Feb 05. I know not how or why. Maybe spybot or adaware or Wins anti spyware. I guess this means that it is being used [for the simple purpose of saving time finding the site from URL to addresses ????]

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No, I guess that they are bad sites

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being redirected to me.

Read the link that glb sent me to. Thanx glb and Grif.

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Ray, list a few of the lines...

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in that HOSTS file. It will be relatively easy to see what it is being used for. Anything in it that is being pointed to 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0 is doing that to PREVENT accessing the domain.

127.0.0.1 cometcursor.com
127.0.0.1 pay-per-search.com
127.0.0.1 payperranking.com
127.0.0.1 paypertext.com
127.0.0.1 spiderbait.com

All would indicate prevention of access to some adware, malware, hijack, etc. sites--that is good. On the other hand entries such as the following would be bad as they would be preventing your accessing some important URLs:

127.0.0.1 www.avast.com
127.0.0.1 uk.trendmicro-europe.com
127.0.0.1 www.grissoft.com
127.0.0.1 www.free-av.com
127.0.0.1 pandasoftware.com

A HOSTS file is not installed automatically, it is installed as an option (either known or unknown) and if you use Apybot S&D you may well have opted at some time to use its HOSTS file.

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I started to and got

In reply to: Ray, list a few of the lines...

down to bottom of the list and there is a note that it was made by spybot. In a quick scan I saw nothing that looked as a good site for my use. Included some porno links et al.

Thanx for the help.

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FYI and reading pleasure in addition to "Hosts"

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1. Hypothetically, you'll find that the S&D Immunization feature entries in the system registry equals approximately 44 lines of addresses and at least that many values. Please note in addition should you decide to un-immunize these addresses, the values are not removed only nulled which isn't a problem -- just stating the fact.

2. Considering SpywareBlaster's feature for Internet Explorer protection . . . and the Restricted Sites protection is . . ., it adds approximately 1,400 addresses and probably that many or double in value lines.

3. If concerned and specifically desire to see an example in your computer's registry, -- I'm only pretty sure it will be there provided the above features have been enabled, and you can step further through the Domains or History or ActiveX Compatibility address(s) on your system to see more. To review the captured information in text file format for the two subjects, use the hyperlinks:

a. ''S&D'' (The approach for this software instead of detecting or removing targets, it inoculates a computer from executing certain software, stops you from downloading some types of parasite, and stops other things from working)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\008i.com

b. ''SpywareBlaster''

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}

and

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\P3P\History\ad08.focalink.com

Note: ''Registry fixes'' which you may find useful at the S&D site are:

Spybot-S&D Wizard disable
Spybot-S&D SDHelper uninstall
Spybot-S&D system start run entry (uninstall)
Spybot-S&D full settings removal
Context menu for DLL files (install)
Context menu for DLL files (uninstall)
Internet Explorer Settings lock (install)
Internet Explorer Settings lock (uninstall)

4. Also, you'll find folders Logs and Recovery which are created under in the Windows\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy which may become excessive and need manual deleting on occasion.

5. Further, I do not know what the circumstances are IF/when using Norton but I assume from the information published that prevent HTML strings and/or specified pop-up or pop-under ad windows items, they are most likely written to the system registry also which may compound situations, ''Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall.''

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At another forum, someone

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posted that Spybot is always running in the background. Is this true?? Or is that just a reference that its Host file is always in play preventing accessing the sites in it's file?? But then to increase the file list, does one has to run spybot again?

Other than NAV 2003 in my other computer, I have given up on anything by Symantec. I often wonder if Peter Norton would like to have his name removed from the newer stuff.

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Ray, It's Your Choice To Leave Spybot Running...

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..in the background. It's up to you to enable the "Teatimer" program as it is NOT enabled by default. It can be enabled by clicking on the "Tools" tab on the left in the "Advanced" mode, then choose the "Resident" settings tab. YOu can also choose the "SDHelper" browser help which works as a "bad" ActiveX download blocker.

I don't use either of these options and simply use Spybot to scan and detect spyware, but each user has their own personal preference on the issue.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thanx for the input. I think that

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I'll stay the way you are.

Toni H. and myself are trying to help a lady from England in the ME forum [trentvalley], didn't call you in because I thought I had read that you had no present computers using ME. She is abed for for the night, but will probably be trying to install her broadband tomorrow. I advised her that if she needed help with it, that she should post in Newbies and hopefully get your help. Obviously if you want to jump in on the thread in ME welcome aboard.

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(NT) (NT) Ray, I 'Jumped In'

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