Bogus Hosts file

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aldiboronti

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I usually surf without a Hosts file operating, but I do keep one in reserve, renaming it to Hosts from Hostsbk every time I need it.

However, while having a general tidy up the other day, I found something had slipped another Hosts file into my Windows directory.

This what it contains:

12.33.69.3 js1.hitbox.com
212.33.69.3 stats.hitbox.com
212.33.69.3 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
212.33.69.3 m1.nedstatbasic.net
127.0.0.1 localhost


Of course, I instantly named it Hostsbogus to deactivate it. I have no idea how it got there. Is it possible for a webpage I visited to have slipped this on to my computer without my knowledge, or is it more likely to have been put there by an installed program?

And what would be the effect of this Hosts file?
 

Squashman

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Install any software lately with spyware or adware in it.

I would run Spybot S & D or AdAware to find out.

Or post a HiJackThis Log.
 
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Please do this. Go here http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ and download Hijack This. Un Zip it and click on the Hijackthis.exe.

Click the "Scan" button when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.

Go to where you saved the log and click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.

Do NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required. Someone here will be glad to advise you on what to fix.
 
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