Windows Host File


C

compudoc

When checking the Windows Host File section in Advanced
Tools, I have over 100 host files, all from ad sites,all
as 127.0.0.1. The delete button is greyed out, the only
option is deactivate. Where/why did they all come from,
and why can't I delete them? (I'm assuming I should only
have localhost file.?)
 
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Mark Dormer

By adding these ad sites with 127.0.0.1 they are effectively blocked.
Your browser won't resolve them. You will never see them.

This is a method of blocking unwanted sites.
If you didn't do it, some program you have run probably has.

The Microsoft AntiSpyware doesn't really handle it well.
Perhaps they will address it further along.

Regards
Mark Dormer
 
P

plun

Mark said:
By adding these ad sites with 127.0.0.1 they are effectively blocked.
Your browser won't resolve them. You will never see them.
I think it´s better to remove all of them except 127.0.0.1
Localhost
and then let MSAS protect this hosts file.

It is rather confusing to have hundreds of sites within this
hosts file
and a lots of worms changes this in viral attacks.
 
D

Danny Kile

compudoc said:
When checking the Windows Host File section in Advanced
Tools, I have over 100 host files, all from ad sites,all
as 127.0.0.1. The delete button is greyed out, the only
option is deactivate. Where/why did they all come from,
and why can't I delete them? (I'm assuming I should only
have localhost file.?)
To remove them go to the Host file in the following directory and open
it with notepad. The directory is "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC",
after opening the file delete all the entries that have 127.0.0.1,
except for the one that says 127.0.0.1 localhost keep this one, save and
then exit.

--
Danny Kile
Certified FCC, ISCET, A+ , Network+

Please reply to the Newsgroup ONLY
Your cooperation is appreciated.
 
W

Will Mc

These are created by running Spybot S&D and using the
Immunize option. This is how it blocks those sites.
 
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J

Jim Heather

You can do this on purpose also. There is a HOSTS file
you can get on the internet that has LOTS of known
spyware sites, all listed with the loopback address.
This strategy gets the spyware authors at their own game.

Here is where I got one -
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
 
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