Help!

Virus Blocking Web Sites?

 
Post new topic   General Reply to Topic (not reply to a specific post)    Forums Home -> Windows Fanatics RSS
Next:  No Audio Device - help 23  
Author Message
laxbillw



Joined: Jun 17, 2003
Posts: 21



PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:05 pm    Post subject:

Is it possible for a virus to block specific web sites? If so, what can I do about it? Since being hit by the Allim worm and then Spybot this past week, I have not been able to go to Symnatec.com or TrendMicro.com. I'm running Windows XP Home.
bill
Back to top
angus



Joined: Apr 10, 2006
Posts: 5



PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 4:54 pm    Post subject:

Quote:

Is it possible for a virus to block specific web sites? If so, what can I do about it?


Yes, some forms of malware can do that ... through your hosts file ... check that you have folder options set up to show hidden and system files, look in (Windows/WINNT) system32/drivers/etc ... at least that's where mine is ... if not, use search with advanced options to show hidden and system files ... MAKE A BACKUP COPY ... open it in Notepad, remove any entries that refer to sites you can't get to, save and try the sites again ...

Hope it helps ...

Angus
Back to top
Rons



Joined: Dec 07, 2002
Posts: 5667



PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:08 am    Post subject:

Another option - replace your host files with one that provides added security to our system:

MVP Host File

Just a thought. Cool
Back to top
silmaril8n



Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 1743

Location: Phoenix, AZ

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:31 pm    Post subject:

I'm in awe of viruses sometimes. The first time I saw one put anti-virus websites in the HOSTS file I was floored. Impressed. And floored. Then I killed the virus.
Back to top
AIM Address
laxbillw



Joined: Jun 17, 2003
Posts: 21



PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:23 pm    Post subject:

Quote:

Quote:

Is it possible for a virus to block specific web sites? If so, what can I do about it?


Yes, some forms of malware can do that ... through your hosts file ... check that you have folder options set up to show hidden and system files, look in (Windows/WINNT) system32/drivers/etc ... at least that's where mine is ... if not, use search with advanced options to show hidden and system files ... MAKE A BACKUP COPY ... open it in Notepad, remove any entries that refer to sites you can't get to, save and try the sites again ...

Hope it helps ...

Angus


Should I clear out that file? Or just the sites that are blocked? And why the backup copy?
bill
Back to top
silmaril8n



Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 1743

Location: Phoenix, AZ

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject:

Quote:

Should I clear out that file? Or just the sites that are blocked? And why the backup copy?
bill

You should make a backup of any file within the Windows directory before editing it. Just in case...

My HOSTS file looks like this before I add in my own entries. At bare minimum you should probably leave that part alone.
Quote:
# Copyright © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost
Back to top
AIM Address
laxbillw



Joined: Jun 17, 2003
Posts: 21



PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:48 pm    Post subject:

Thank you. I'll follow your instructions.

bill
Back to top
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   General Reply to Topic (not reply to a specific post)    Forums Home -> Windows Fanatics All times are: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Page 1 of 1

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum