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Cannot load google

The other day, something messed up my network drivers. I was getting 20kBps on kazaa but couldn't load any websites. I uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled them. Now the net works, but I can't load some sites, google for one. IE just says page cannot be displayed, but Firebird says "connection refused". Any ideas?


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Also check the DNS server you are using, and make sure its your ISP's, because otherwise your PC might have been DNS hijacked.
Okay, turns out I can't access a lot of search pages, ask.com alltheweb.com google.com .fr .uk and I can get to yahoo, but I get page cannot be displayed when trying to load the search results. I can ping every single one of the sites, though the ping times are up to 90-120 from a usual 70-80. The only entry in the hosts file is localhost from apache. No results from ad-aware or Norton Antivirus or Norton WinDoctor.

I'm on a campus network, so the DNS and IP are assigned automatically. My roommate can get to all of these sites. How would I check for that malicious code?
Go to a Dos window and type ipconfig. It will show your ip
address and subnet mask. Make sure the subnet mask is:

The 255 numbers mean let these addresses through. If they are changed (happened to my router and drove me nuts for days) some addresses will get blocked. The 255 is actually an 8 bit mask set to all 1's to indicate allow it through.

As for scanning for malisiouc code. Get the latest signature update file for the program you use (Norton, Macafee, PCillin) and run a scan of all HDs on your system for all fiel types. Also run adaware using the latest signature files.
Ahh. That sounds about right. No patch for it though, and it sounds like I'm stuck until they fix the DNS server. Would that affect Firebird too though?


Glaanies script monkey
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The problem is the hosts file. TweakXP got hit like it was a DDOS attack because it was redirecting there. My guess is that the site doing the redirect has been taken down so you are getting a page can't be found error.Try if that opens google, you've been hijacked. Find your hosts file, or use this app I wrote to find it, http://home.covad.net/~zeiler07/Misc/hosts.zip if that shows something other than x:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts then you need to do some reg editing. If it has changed, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters then change the value of DataBasePath to equal %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc

By default your hosts file should only contain the loopback interface

Now change your hosts file to READ-ONLY or follow a very simple security practice and do not use the administrator account or a user with administrative priveledges for dayy to day activities. Only the administrator group has permissions to modify the hosts file.


I have made the adjustments to the registry, but it still doesn't let me connect. Am I supposed to change something in the hosts file? I am not sure what is meant by : "By default your hosts file should only contain the loopback interface"
What should the default one look like exactly?



Damn, I got up this morning to find I was right back where I started (no longer able to surf the net due to a DNS error). I've already got the patch from MS, used the Qhost cleaner and repaired the registry and hosts file. What exactly has happened now? Could WindowsXP be restoring a backup when the virus was still present or something?


Glaanies script monkey
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Actually it can :) Check the value of DataBasePath in these registry paths as well


and so forth, these are previous hardware profiles, XP shouldn't change these on you, but you never know.


Act your wage.
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The thread that Enyo linked to is comprehensive in covering this issue, and should answer any questions. I'd check there if you are still having problems. :)

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