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I had to reinstall Microsoft Anti-Spyware last night (fantastic product by the way), because it didn't quite install right the first time. Anyways, after I clicked "Approve" on the script prompt for the "Validate Windows" ActiveX component, another anti-spyware prompt popped up for a change to my host file. I clicked "Approve" on this one too, because it popped up so quickly, I guess I subconsciously thought I didn't click the "Validate Windows" one good enough or something.

This nasty little bugger added 1000's of records to my host file completely crippling my computer. I mean, my CPU was pegged at 100 % the whole time. I did a little searching and found that the file is at C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc and that renaming the host file to host.old would do the trick. I then grabbed a clean host file from a different computer and put it in that directory and life was good.

Microsoft Anti-Spyware has a system explorer that allows you to clean out your host file, but it was waaaaay too slow.

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 5:58 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Nasty spyware - www.searchforit.com

# Caught it early
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Yeah, I was lucky to catch that before I got into big trouble. I'm using AVG and Zonealarm and wanted to try out Spy Sweeper with Antivirus. After installing it it blocked A MILLION things like www.searchforit.com and many others. Unfortunately the program is not free and I need to find another way to block it.
Left by csimpson on Nov 22, 2007 9:08 AM

# re: Nasty spyware - www.searchforit.com
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put it in that directory and life was good..LED downlights
Left by LED downlights on Jul 16, 2011 1:39 AM

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