Hijack.HostFile

Short bio

Hijack.HostFile is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for undesirable changes made in the Windows hosts file on the affected system. The Windows hosts file is the first step in the process to resolve DNS queries, so it can be used to hijack internet traffic to different IP addresses.

Symptoms

Users may be blocked from visiting certain sites or find themselves redirected to unwanted sites.

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove Hijack.HostFile without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

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