This Page Cannot Be Displayed – What to do When Your Internet Breaks

Written by Kevin Souter

The DNS (Domain Name System) servers are what your computer uses to figure out where to go onrepparttar internet. means absolutely nothing to your machine. It’s only withrepparttar 141226 help ofrepparttar 141227 DNS servers that your computer can figure out what address that domain name correlates to.

There are several methods of hijackingrepparttar 141228 DNS entries on your PC. The most common, and easiest way to do it is to add false entries into your computers HOSTS file. We’ll cover how to empty that out first:

The HOSTS file is located in a couple of different locations, depending on your Windows version. In Windows XP it is located at C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetchosts (no extension). In Windows 98/ME it is at C:Windowshosts (also no extension).

Open it up with notepad. The contents ofrepparttar 141229 file should look like this:

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.


# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.


# This file containsrepparttar 141230 mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

Spyware – Your Web Browser is the Culprit!

Written by Kevin Souter

My first experience with a spyware BHO based infection was several months ago. I had gone through all ofrepparttar usual steps withrepparttar 141225 client’s machine to clean it. Ad-Aware was run, Spybot: Search and Destroy was as well. Nothing looked suspicious inrepparttar 141226 system’s startup. All appeared well, but it wasn’t.

After extensive testing and no further symptoms I returnedrepparttar 141227 computer to my client’s home. I hooked it back up, and dialedrepparttar 141228 internet. Everything so far was progressing smoothly. But, as SOON as I loaded Internet Explorer: BAMrepparttar 141229 same pop-up advertisements and other annoying things started happening again. With much embarrassment I had to takerepparttar 141230 computer back to my office and try again.

It was all Internet Explorers fault. Microsoft Internet Explorer comes with a feature that is designed to add third-party functionality to their browser. It’s actually a very good idea. Unfortunately, it now gets taken advantage of.

The producers of spyware know that many people now have spyware removers installed on their computers. They also know that quite a few people haverepparttar 141231 ability to check what is in their start-up. Because of this, BHO’s are crafted so thatrepparttar 141232 spyware lies dormant until Internet Explorer is opened. Then it can start its dirty work.

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