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help with Hosts file

Discussion in 'Networking' started by amg, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. amg

    amg Thread Starter

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    I went a little overboard in trying to get rid of the junk on my kids computer -- spyware, adware and a hijacked browser.

    What I did was delete all the entries from the hosts file, without making a copy first. http://forums.techguy.org/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=54#
    EEK!

    The kids computer is a Compaq laptop using a wireless connection to my D-Link router on my computer. Now that the laptop's hosts file only contains one entry for localhost, it can no longer reach the internet.

    I think I did remove the other problems with Ad Aware, but it doesn't do much good if the computer can't get on the internet anymore.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. RandyG

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    Most computers do not actually use a hosts file to access sites, but rather it is used to divert access to those sites to go somewhere else.

    So, unless you setup your own local network to redirect access to certain sites to actually go somewhere else, then it is doubtful you need a hosts file.

    have you changed the Internet Connections to use LAN, instead of dial-up?
     
  3. amg

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    Well, if it's not the host file, I don't know what else it could be. It was working fine until the junk took hold of it. The wireless network connection is enabled, but when I try to repair it it says renewing of the ip address failed.

    How could this have gotten messed up?
     
  4. RandyG

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    Can you browse the other computer with the laptop?

    If yes,
    Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools, Intenret Options, Connections tab, and make sure that you have Never dial a connection selected and then click on LAN Settings and make sure Automatically detect settings is selected. Click OK and OK.
     
  5. amg

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    Nope -- I can't browse the other computer with the laptop.
     
  6. RandyG

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    Then your network options on the laptop have been changed.

    You need to connect to the other computer before you even get to this stage.

    I'm going to ask that this thread be moved to the Networking forum, as I am not the best person to help you with that.
     
  7. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    I would assumne you have damaged the winsock lsp protocols when you removed some of the adware

    try tjis

    Download LSPfix here: http://www.cexx.org/lspfix.htm
    run the application. Just run it, you will see a list of files in the left hand pane and possibly some in the right hand pane. Do not change any of them, just tick the"I know what i'm doing" box & press finish and the program will do anything necessary
     
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