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How to remove hosts?

Our article focuses on various aspects of how to remove hosts - a virus, file or folder. I will tell you about the removal of the virus, the file and the hosts folder. And now about each method in order. Let's start with the most difficult (at least in appearance) task to remove the virus in the hosts file. Although it should be noted that all these methods are closely related to each other, since they represent various manipulations to remove the same Trojan - a virus that makes normal visits to some popular sites impossible.

How to remove the hosts virus

There are viruses that write parameters to a file called hosts. In this case, a situation often arises in which, when launching various sites, for example, "In Contact" or "Yandex", the system will require sending an SMS to activate your account. A normal system reboot often does not give results. However, in this case will help a few simple ways. For example, the hosts virus can be renamed to any other - for example, XHosts. This will not affect the network and the operating system, however, since Windows will no longer be able to access this file, respectively, and the launched Trojan will also not be able to edit it to block the protection updates of your computer.There is also one more simple way (and more effective not to block the capabilities of the hosts file) how to remove the hosts virus. In this case, the file must be opened using a simple text editor, such as Notepad or WordPad. From the file, you need to delete records with links - for example, vkontakte.ru, odnoklassniki.ru, yandex.ru, etc., and, moreover, you need to delete along with the dots and numbers that are written together with the names of the sites. Ideally, everything that should remain in the file after the system records of the type 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com source server and 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com x client host is the record 127.0.0.1 localhost. After it in the infected file hosts and goes all sorts of "garbage", which must be removed immediately. Well, then save the changes to the file and just restart the Internet browser. As a rule, as a result of these simple actions, the problem of the hosts virus is eliminated in the overwhelming majority of cases. And, of course, it is useful to know that in no case should you send SMS to any unfamiliar numbers, because that is how you most likely will bring this Trojan program to your computer, the sole purpose of which will be just to get money from you.

How to delete hosts file

Such a question usually arises among those who cannot edit the hosts file by the above methods - sometimes this does happen, for example, when a virus creates several files.At the same time, such sites as Odnoklassniki, V kontakte, Yandex and My World can be simultaneously blocked on the computer. In order to remove such a virus, you first need to find the hosts file. On different old systems, it is located differently, but since Windows XP and inclusively on Windows 7 its address is unchanged: Windows \ system32 \ drivers \ etc \ hosts. The Windows folder is located on the disk on which your operating system is installed, and this is not necessarily the "C" drive (for example, I have a system drive with the letter "I"). Found a file? And now you may have a surprise. In order to see it, you need to enable the display of hidden folders and files. To do this, open any folder and select “Tools” in the top menu of the folder, then click “Folder Options” and “View”, and then “Advanced Settings”. After that, scroll down the menu list and check the box “Show hidden files and folders”. This must be done in order to detect hidden system files, among which it is quite possible that there will be unnecessary ones - the ones that were created by the Trojan in your system for their criminal purposes. Some even have not one, but two hidden hosts files - they should be immediately removed.Now open the "real" hosts and edit it, as indicated in the previous chapter, using a text editor, if necessary. That's the whole procedure.

How to delete the hosts folder

Strictly speaking, the hosts folder does not exist as such, but there are files named hosts. If the computer is not infected, then such a file will be one in the appropriate folder (at least, it is already good that it is alone). In an infected computer, there may be several such files and they are present in a hidden form, so they need to be “declassified” (as in the previous chapter). Here we describe another fairly common situation with two files hosts. Here is a description of the problem from the user's question on the Internet:

"I have two folders of hosts, one of which has the signature" system file ", and the second is simply the signature" file ", while in the hosts" system file "I have the viruses" In contact "and" My world ". I know that they need to be deleted and leave only one line of 127.0.0.1 localhost, but when I delete other lines with viruses and select "save", the file is not saved. As for the second folder (actually just a file - ed.) Hosts, then there is only the correct line and there are no viruses.Is it possible to simply remove the system hosts, on which viruses are located, and leave only the correct hosts file? ”

This is the situation. And the solution is simple. First, users often do not know that if there are two or more hosts files, the “wrong” hosts files are not edited, which means they just need to be deleted. As for the file, in which there are no unnecessary records, it is logical that it should be left. It is important for the system to have access to at least one hosts file for normal work on the Internet, therefore, all others with or without unnecessary entries should be safely removed. And one more note: make these manipulations only when it is really necessary. If you're just curious, think about how much you risk, since deleting some files (for example, boot.ini) can lead to the fact that the system stops running at all.

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