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Windows 7: Can I Delete Host Files Inserted By Spybot?

20 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Can I Delete Host Files Inserted By Spybot?

I want to know if I can delete the Host entrys added by spybot SnD, C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc It is full of strange websites I have never visited. Will it harm my computer to delete them?

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20 Apr 2012   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

It will not hurt to delete them - but you might want to understand what that file protects you from before you go messing with it. You can read about the host file here.

Edit: changed the link
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20 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Apparently Spybot S&D is using the Hosts file to block calls to some malicious web sites by redirecting them to your local machine (127.0.0.1).

There's no harm in deleting the entries, except that you could find your way to those malicious sites.
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20 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can delete them, but if you follow the above link and learn why they are listed, you'll probably decided to keep them.
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20 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

It has like adult sites and stuff and I havent been on it so i didnt no wether to keep or delete them, If they protect me from those sites I will keep them thnks guys
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