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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by k30galla, Sep 27, 2003.

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  1. k30galla

    k30galla Thread Starter

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    My brother's search engine(yahoo,netscape,MSN) queries result in directing him to the Tweakxp.com site. Is the following information provided by Tweak reliable as to how to fix this redirection?

    1. You need to navigate to where the “hosts” file is on your computer. Below is a list of what directory the file is in depending on your operating system that you should navigate to using the my computer icon on your desktop or in your start menu:

    Windows 95/98/Me: c:\windows\

    Windows NT/2000/XP Pro: c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\

    Windows XP Home/XP Pro: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\

    2. Delete the file called “hosts”. If you can not delete the file try renaming it. If you still can not delete or rename the file then boot your computer in safe mode by pressing F8 when you computer boots up right after the power on self test screen.

    3. The final step is to try to remove this program that is hijacking your “hosts” file. As of 10:00 AM September 25 there is no program that will just remove the malicious program yet. In the mean time, download Spybot Search & Destroy by clicking here. Once you have the program installed, open SpyBot and select the "immunize" icon on the left and then check the box "lock hosts file read-only as protection against hijackers". This will stop the program from modifying your "hosts" file again.

    Thank you
     
  2. Top Banana

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    That information is correct. You can also navigate to the hosts file, open it in Notepad and delete the search engine entries.

    Delete all the entries beginning with 64.191.95.139
     
  3. k30galla

    k30galla Thread Starter

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    Thank you Top Banana. I did exactly as you said and now my brother's searches are back to normal. I
     
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