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Old 15th June 2008, 19:13   #33
Caeadas
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FYI: for those with vista (like me) you have to run notepad as an admin in order to change the hosts file:

1) Click on Start -> All Programs -> Accessories
2) Right click "Notepad" and select "Run as administrator"
3) Click "Continue" or "Allow" on the UAC prompt
4) Click File -> Open
5) Browse to "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc"
6) Change the file filter drop down box from "Text Documents (*.txt)" to "All Files (*.*)"
7) Select "hosts" and click "Open"
8) Make the needed changes and close Notepad. Save when prompted.

After i did this, Windows Defender popped up and warned me about it. Defender reffered to it as a:

"SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack"

and listed it as a medium-grade threat. i just selected "always allow" in the drop down menu, since i did actually do that. now the advertisements don't appear, but Defender has a nice little note in it's history. if necessary, you can go into "allowed items" and undo it.

underneath is the links to the relevant MS webpages and the CNET page where i got the info on the hosts file

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=923947
http://www.microsoft.com/security/po...08427027806866
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6121_102...sageID=2488002
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