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Windows 7: Strange looking Host found?

27 Jan 2014   #1
dwdraw2

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 
Strange looking Host found?

I ran a small check with the "MiniToolBox," and this is what I found in the Hosts content:

54.204.28.26 imfpmncmbojnbdhnogcegojocabhpbnh. What is this, is it Ad-ware? I would appreciate it if someone could let me know. I can find it and delete it if necessary, I have no problem with that. But It just seems that it doesn't belong? I ran: Hitman Pro, Malwarebytes Pro, and Avast, but they never caught it.



MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 18-12-2013
Ran by Dan (administrator) on 26-01-2014 at 23:34:06
Running from "C:\Users\Dan\Downloads"
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64)
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************
========================= Hosts content: =================================

54.204.28.26 imfpmncmbojnbdhnogcegojocabhpbnh
127.0.0.1 localhost


Thanks for your time.

dwdraw2


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27 Jan 2014   #2
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

It seems like Adware to me. You can use SuperAntiSpyware to remove it.
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27 Jan 2014   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

The easiest solution might be to simply reset the hosts file and flush the DNS cache.

Run this .bat file as administrator to do that - it will automatically reboot your computer when its completed.

flush.bat


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27 Jan 2014   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The IP address resolves to:
Code:
ec2-54-204-28-26.compute-1.amazonaws.com
The letters...
imfpmncmbojnbdhnogcegojocabhpbnh
...look very much like a Chrome extension ID.

I've never seen a Chrome extension ID in the HOSTS file.

Google returns a few hits on those letters...
...but you should be careful if you research this.
Dr.Web Anti-virus - How To Remove Virus (Adware.Downware.2032) - [DRWEBHK.COM]

Look in Programs and Features for StartSavin or Start Savin

Remove any Chrome extensions with the same name and/or any extension that you don't want. But they might come right back. If you do have an extension written by the grey hats at 215apps, you might be in for a long thread like this one Instant Savings App
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27 Jan 2014   #5
dwdraw2

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks everybody for your suggestions. I will embark on them to see what works or, what happens? I appreciate your help.

Thanks for your time.

dwdraw2
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27 Jan 2014   #6
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Were you using any Amazon Web / Cloud services?
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28 Jan 2014   #7
dwdraw2

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

I don't actively use any web/cloud services, other than Hitman Pro, which uploads to the cloud to check on a potential virus. Sometimes I watch a movie from Netflix, but there, I get hit with "PUP's from time to time. I have no problem getting them out. The other day, I just removed a virus called "pcreg." That's been on my computer for a few months. I thought that was a legit function. It wouldn't let me open it, so I just let it be until I decided to check it out on the web the other day. Turned out to be a virus. I used SuperSpyHunter to browse to it then pried it out, I then took SuperSpyHunter off because it is a memory hog. I used the trial version.

Lately, I have reading that the Host files can be updated? I have been looking around to figure out how to do that. I haven't got a solid grip on that yet. So, I haven't done anything with the files. From what I understand thus far, the files may or may not be needed, depending on the programs one has in their computer. The files can be used to re-direct ad's, from what I read. So, they can be used in your favor. But, a hacker can use them against you too.

Some of these sites say it's easy to work with Host files. For me, easy is when you understand it-I don't yet. So I haven't made a move on them. So, for now, I just stare (glare) at them from time to time.

If you can find out, if I need only one file, the 127.0.0.1 Localhost, for my computer to keep running the associated programs, then I can delete the other host (54.204.28.26 imfpmncmbojnbdhnogcegojocabhpbnh). I would appreciate your help here.

Thanks for your time.

dwdraw2
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28 Jan 2014   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The HOSTS file that comes with Windows 7 is shown in the code box below.

Every line that starts with a # character is a remark line (comment line).

As you can see, all lines are comments. You do not need a HOSTS file at all.

The zipped (compressed) file attached to this post contains all of the (unmodified) files that are normally found in this folder: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

Code:
# 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
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#    127.0.0.1       localhost
#    ::1             localhost


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28 Jan 2014   #9
dwdraw2

Windows 7 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

I will check this out. I will either delete both or just the one.

I appreciate your help.

Thanks for your time.

dwdraw2
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28 Jan 2014   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The HOSTS file (and the other files in the folder) are protected. You can copy the HOSTS file to the desktop, change it and then copy it back. Or, just copy the one that I attached.

Do you have the Chrome browser installed?
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