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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

HOSTS hijack???

As I recently recently installed Windows Ultimate on my Toshiba notebook, I noticed a new wave of problems that could possibly hamper me in using this nth installation to infinity.

Anyway, as indicated in Figure A. Windows Defender suddenly popped out of nothing in my screen to alert me about my HOSTS file. Of course, I do edit my HOSTS file to suit my taste of website protection (especially blocking adverts) but not in the sense that I put 127.0.0.1 lines also in A/V companies.

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Figure A. Windows Defender Alert in Red

This is the first time I have encountered this popup screen. In a good sense, I actually saw what Windows Defender is all about: personal protection – although there are comments on the Word Wide Spider-web mentioning how “weak” Windows Defender is. I mean, its a good try – or good for nothing, as they would say…

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Figure B. Windows Defender Alert in Green

At work, I don’t have as much liberty to say final words of approval for security applications and/or network improvements. As for A/V systems, all that I could do is research, study and recommend. Though not having a well-defined A/V system to use, its a good thing that there are a couple of trusty reliables to choose from. At the end of the day, its that which is easy, familiar and mostly – free secures the day.


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