host file? can i delete and replace?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by fantasi, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. fantasi

    fantasi My Yngy is My HoneY! Folding Team

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    hi there,

    using gf's pc now. her isp say that her pc has been doing some port scans and i think theres a virus/spyware in there now. her norton wont liveupdate and it says some file modifed in the host file. im sure the host file they are talking about is the one at : C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc

    well i was looking around and it should have like one line only like:

    127.0.0.1 i think it was.

    my question for now is, to restore the host file, can i just delete and replace from a new machine's host file? or if u guys dont mind, attach a host file for me to download.
     
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  3. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Well, yes and no. You can delete the host file and it will auto-recreate itself, or you could copy one from a clean computer. However, if the infection is still there, the file will just become re-infected. I have seen these viruses, I believe the more common types are qhosts.apd and it's a real pain to get rid of if your AV protection isn't patched.

    I ran into this myself a few weeks back and was able to nip it in the bud, refer to this thread...

    http://forum.osnn.net/showthread.php?t=77599&highlight=qhosts.apd

    Can you get on the internet at all with this machine?