A quick perusal of the .zip contents
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I would revert to a default hosts file,
navigate to C:\Windows\Dirvers\etc
ren hosts hosts-ds0
copy hosts-ds0 %userprofile%\downloads\hosts
select all lines
paste the following into the now empty file
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 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
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 22.214.171.124 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 126.96.36.199 x.acme.com # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
and save - make sure the file is hosts, not host.txt - there should be no file extension, just a filename of hosts
copy hosts C:\Windows\Drivers\etc\
Locate and run Asus Liveupdate from your start menu. Apply and report all updates being offered
Download from Asus if not found in start menu (last offering in downloads\utilities)
ASUS offering refund services for notebook product affected by the Intel® Sandy Bridge issue
Click on the above link and run the verification tool
Intel® on January 31, 2011 announced the detection of a design error in the new Sandy Bridge-based Intel® 6 Series support chip, also known as Cougar Point. The shipment of existing Sandy Bridge products has been suspended by Intel®, and the production of an updated support chip has commenced. The design error affects only the support chip, and not 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors such as the i5 and i7. In order to guarantee the quality provided to our customers, we’re voluntarily offering refund services for notebook product.
Notebook refund service period:
Customers may make sales return claims within two (2) months of the invoice purchase date
ASUS is also offering a special verification tool that allows users to quickly check whether their Notebook is affected by this issue.
Affected notebook models:
G73SWN43SL | N43SN | N53SN | N53SV |N73SV
You might not be affected by this or you might not qualify for the above. If the verification tool reports yous system as "qualifies for refund" you'll know this might be causing issues on your machine.