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    Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    I continue to get routed to different porn sites while attempting to log on to a family website. It only happens on one computer. I use Firefox and Internet Explorer and deleted cookies, files, cleared history etc. I used Spybot and Ad-Aware and downloaded some demo software designed to remove this. (Hyper wiper and cyber scrub).

    Nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    It seems that you have acquired a browser hijacker. It is strange that it would affect both Firefox and IE though. Does it happen with both browsers ?? Also, are Adaware and Spybot both current versions and are the definitions up to date ???
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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Yes. It happens with both. At first I thought it was Firefox so I deleted and installed the latest version but when it happened again, I checked IE and, sure enough, the same thing. I did download the latest versions of the anti spyware.

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Search this forum for "Hijackthis".
    You should get several posts with links and instructions on how to use the program.
    Hijackthis is a free download.

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Also look for a hosts file. In Windows XP, it is located in c:windowssystem32driversetc (and it has no extension, the entire file name is hosts). If that domain you are seeking is listed with an IP address (e.g., 10.25.3.240), then Windows will always go to that address instead of the true address. You should delete that line from the file, and probably clear out most of the rest of the file, since you really can't trust its contents any more!

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Thanks I'll try these ideas.

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Spybot also has a tool that you can use to manage your Host file. Open Spybot and click on Mode>Advanced and then click on Tools>Hosts File and follow the instructions. If you don't understand the Host file I recommend not fooling around with it. You can do more harm than good
    <font color=red>edited to add</font color=red> There's some good information about the Host File here. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Thanks. I'll try it. If I use Notepad and delete only the lines (in the host file) with the offending website and IP address will I be O.K?

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Contrary to Doc's concern, the hosts file rarely contains anything critical unless you are in a business environment or doing web development on your own computer. So my diagnostic would be the rename it to hosts.old and see whether it helps. If you have Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you might also need to "flush" your "DNS cache," in case the bad address association also is stored in there:

    <code>Start button, Run...

    {in dialog enter} cmd

    {at command prompt enter} ipconfig /flushdns</code>

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    My concern was that an unwanted address might get permission or that an address that is wanted will be blocked and if the user is unfamiliar with the workings of the Host file they won't know what happened or how to fix it. Just felt better about linking to a tutorial of the Host file than trying to explain it here and wanted to make them aware of the tool in Spybot.
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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Got it.

    Will try tonight.

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    Firefox has a hostperm, or some such nameed file, that you can edit with Wordpad.
    But NOT while Firefox is running.

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    Re: Unwanted Porn on favorite website

    The information in hostperm.1 relates to (1) cookie permissions (Always, Never, Session); (2) pop-up permissions; and (3) software installation permissions, by host name. This file cannot, as far as I can tell, be used to divert a (correctly) typed address to a different site.

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