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# be placed in first column followed by corresponding host name.
# The IP address and host name should be separated by at least one
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following 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
If there are any entries below localhost one, then unless you’ve added some on purpose, then you’ve more than likely been hit with a DNS hijacker of some sort. The best course of action here is to run a full system scan with an up to date virus scanner, as well as a couple of spyware scanners. (Preferably from safe mode)
After scans are done, then use WinSockFix to repair corrupted WinSock settings. This should take care of problem.
Kevin Souter is a full time computer repair technician. He also operates a free spyware removal site, as well as a general computer repair site.