Skip to main content

How to Restore Hijacked Hosts File Back to Default in Windows

Though, it has no common usage, HOSTS files included with Windows and other operating systems are important files and are using to redirect TCP/IP traffic in special situations. In simple words, it can be used to prevent opening some web sites from your computer, or redirect a web URL to another site.

Because of this, malware can use the HOSTS file to hijack your PC to redirect domains names to their own malicious sites or block users from visiting some sites.
If you have any similar situation, i.e., if you are unable to access some web sites, or requests to one site are redirected elsewhere, here is how to restore your hosts file back to default in Windows.

You can restore HOSTS file in two ways – automatically and manually. Just visit at Microsoft support site here and click ‘Fix it’ button to download the tool (Fix it 50267). Just run the tool and follow the instruction and then Restart Windows.
For manual method, just follow as described here. It is very simple and easy to understand. To reset the hosts file back to the default, follow these steps:
  1. Going to C – Windows - system32 – drivers – etc – hosts.
  2. Rename the hosts file to hosts.bak. Then create a new default hosts file. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click an open space in the etc folder, point to New, click Text Document, type hosts, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click Yes to confirm that the file name extension will not be txt.
  3. Open the new created hosts file in a text editor, for example, in the Notepad.
  4. Copy the text shown here (for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7) to the file.
Save and close the file.

Comments

  1. If malware has locked the HOSTS file, you may need to use FileAssassin to delete it first. FileAssassin is one of the tools in Malwarebytes as well.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Please leave your valuable comment below

Popular posts from this blog

Surf the Web Anonymously With Firefox Add-on Phproxy

There are several web based proxy servers available to surf the internet anonymously or as from another country. The Firefox add-on (Firefox 3 – 4) Phzilla helps you view a webpage or surf the internet using the PHProxy (a type of web based proxy server) proxy servers. It is very easy and convenient to use.

Restore Lost Capacity Of Your USB Flash Drive (How to)

Some malware can hide full capacity of your USB flash drive. For example, a 4GB pen drive sometimes shows only 500kb or less. An interesting part of this situation is that, even after removing the malware or formatting the USB flash drive, you will not get back its original capacity. Therefore, the question here is how to restore a USB flash drive to its full capacity.

PaperBus-free & fast web proxy solution for anonymous internet surfing

There are several free proxy solutions available for downloading (we had covered few of them in the previous posts), but from my personal experience most of them are very slow in my country.If you are looking for a free, fast and reliable proxy solution for anonymous surfing, Here is a new multi-platform application, PaperBus (ad-supported) which lets you surf anonymously and bypass internet filters.Paper bus (brought you by Open Terrace Ltd the same company that made commercial proxy service Freedur) is very easy to use. Simply install, and run. No registration required. The only down side is there will be an ad web browser tab popping up in every twenty minutes while you are using it.Another interesting feature of PaperBus is that you can create a list of websites you don't want to surf through PaperBus.PaperBus is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux systems. Download appropriate version from here. (via)