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"Your Windows host file was hijacked. It is recommended to restore host file."

Q: "Your Windows host file was hijacked. It is recommended to restore host file."

Thanks for your advice. I've transferred my problem to "Malware Removal & Hijack This Logs", as you suggested.

How do I delete this thread??

Preferred Solution: "Your Windows host file was hijacked. It is recommended to restore host file."

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: "Your Windows host file was hijacked. It is recommended to restore host file."

Try deleting or renaming the Hosts file.
It will be recreated, so no harm to try.
It's at:
It's named "HOSTS- no extension.
You can open this file with Notepad of you're curious enough to see what it says.

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I am using Windows XP home edition.

I posted this in the wrong forum, a few days ago: and was advised to post it here,
with a new hjt log. They did say that I had more serious problems than just my host file needing to be restored. They also said that there didn't seem to be a firewall. How can I find out if I'm using Window's firewall?

Arovax Shield popped up a message: "Warning: Your Windows host file was hijacked. It is recommended to restore host file."

1. Now I can't use my anti-virus program, because it stalls (freezes) before it finishes.

2. I can't use Panda or any other on-line scanner, because it too freezes before it can

3. I can't shutdown my computer - not even cold boot! I have to completely unplug it!

4. I can't do a system restore, to a previous date. (I've tried several previous dates).

I have no idea how to restore the host file, and I have no idea how it was hijacked.

Here is my new HJT log: (I hope it will be of some help)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:37:56 PM, on 12/03/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwi... Read more

A:Solved: "Your Windows host file was hijacked. It is recommended to restore host file."

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The "hosts" file is used to connect a site "name" to it's internet address to be able to access the site on the web. However if a site name is preceded by the internet address your computer will not access the site because the address is your computer itself and therefore NO address is found to access
Now some antispyware will write to your "hosts" file when it finds a tracker file or other malicious type file. The reason for this is that if the file causes, during your online browsing, your computer to try to access a tracking or malicious site it cannot do it. The reason is as I said previously because the site name is found in the "hosts" file with the address

You also can put entries in your "host" file that will deny access to a site you do not want your computer to be able to access. How to write this in the "host" file is shown at the beginning of the "host" file contents.

If your "host" file is empty nothing is denied to your computer to access. And this the way most "host" files are loaded. The "hosts" file I'm talking about is the "hosts" file inside the C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/ folder on your computer. There are other files in this folder also but the "hosts" file is the one that does the job. You can open it with Notepad or Wordpad.

Just today a friend had some trouble and ran Norton Systems t... Read more

A:Solved: Confused on the "host" file use?

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For Windows 7 I`m told it is at C:\WINDOWS\SYSTYEM32\DRIVERS\ETSdirectory but PC says it can`t find it. My PC is using Win.7 and 64 bit but replacing this above instead of 32 makes no difference.
Any thoughts?

A:How can I find my "HOST" file

Sorry found it. Should be ETC not ETS.

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I receive email postings from the Kim Kommando web site and someone inquired that they were having problems downloading a Host file. As I read the post it appears that a Host file helps malicious items that end up in your registery from recreating. Kim gave instructions about placing a Host shortcut on your desk top. I am wondering specifically what a Host file does, is it a good thing to have or is it just another version of Spybot or AdAware Personal SE?

A:What is a "Host File"?

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Recently, I started noticing ads which poppped up in the bottom right corner of my screen while browsing the internet. It was an annoyance and I didn't know what had caused those ads to appear but I thought I would be able to remove them. I had been noticing these ads for several weeks prior to now. Subsequently, on another evening my PC began giving me messages which indicated that the HDD was failing and that I should scan the the drive and restart the machine to prevent data loss. At that moment, I knew that my machine was infected and I began corrective actions. I ran Avira and it identified a trojan called Crypt.ZPACK.Gen8. I removed this. Then I ran MBAM and it identified two other malware/trojan items and removed them. OK. So now it appears that the trojans have been removed, but the ads still appear. Checking further, I found a forum item on this site about the same issue entitled "Recommended for You" and using that information determined that my hosts file had been hijacked. My problem now is that I cannot gain access to the hosts file to delete the file and fix it. I tried the advanced settings found in the TOOLS>FOLDER OPTIONS>VIEW in Explorer to make the hosts file visible by showing hidden files and the other for unhiding system files. This process makes the other icons in the c:Windows\System 32\Drivers\ETC folder visible. The other icons in that folder are full color while the hosts icon is still shaded. I can open the sample... Read more

A:Host File Hijacked

Can you please post the logs which show the detections of the malware.

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I was trying to enter a new host file on one of our remote user?s laptop and when I went to open the file it showed a bunch of Chinese symbols and wouldn?t let me do anything with it? I tried deleting it and then tried to build a new host file from scratch and the same thing happened??? I?ve never seen this before. Any suggestions?

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Hi all
Previously the  "Save Picture"  box would put a web generated title in the box and automatically selected JPEG.  Now the title box reads "untitled" and the only file options offered are "png" & "bmp" 

Please note that a similar post has appeared, but the solution did not match the fault.  I'm seeking to restore the automatic response to save picture, that might have been upset by antivirus clean-up programme.

Thank youin advance for considering my problem

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Clean install of Vista Business on a new HD, Dell 8400 w/2.5GB memory.

I keep getting a dialog box that pops up and says:

"Microsoft Windows
Host Process for Windows Service stopped working and was closed.

A problem caused the application of stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solutiion is available."

There doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason for it... it just arbitrarily shows up from time to time. It's not related to booting Vista, I don't think, b/c it'll pop up occasionally during the same session.

A:"Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed."

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Ok I should also say the "search protocol host stopped working" pop up happens right after boot up ! IE9 starts up but when I go to a sight it acts like its there but the screen is blank !
tried this but its not working http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...er-stopped-working-and-was-closed-138952.html
posting this with google chrome because IE9 is not working !

I just noticed the windows spider sol and windows freecell sol are coming up blank screen also

any help would be apprciated thanks bill

A:"Search protocol host stopped working" Windows Vista

A friend at work experienced the same problem on his PC. Turns out he had a corrupt indexing file. You could try posting the details from Event Viewer, if that is possible. I wouldn't be able to help you interpreting them, but maybe some of the more experienced members could.

Have you tried disabling Windows Search? I did this on my friend's PC as a temporary measure . Got IE working, although searches were rather slow. It isn't a solution, but it could afford you a temporary -- albeit inconvenient -- workaround.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Stick around, though, and wait for inputs from the more knowledgeable members.

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I am trying to access the internet wireless on my home network using a COMPAQ Presario V6000 running Windows Vista Home Premium. I know my network is fine beacuse other computers and an IPad are having no trouble accessing the internet wirelessly using our home network. This laptop previously accessed the internet just fine until I installed a new router (DLink, Model DIR 628) and since I installed the new router I haven't been able to access the web using this laptop wirelessly.

When I look at the 'Network and Sharing Centre' it looks like my wireless laptop connection to my home network is OK but there is a red 'X' between my home network and the internet, even though I am accessing the intenet just fine using other computers in the house. My laptop seems to be connected to the home network but it won't let me connect to the web... can anyone help me figure this out?

A:Solved: Windows cannot find trhe host name "www.google.ca" using DNS

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My external HD will not eject. In Vista it ejects fine. I west to customize the tray icons and saw this. The eject button listed as "Windows Host Process" What is up with this and is this why it will not eject? I have never seen this before and wonder if it's correct or a bug. I went back a few minutes later and it was showing the icon as normal but still will not eject properly.

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A:Eject hardware showing "Windows host process"

I had the same problem when trying to remove a flash drive for the last few days but it works fine on my other flash drives.I also have that icon.

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Today, I decide to take a break from my Fedora partition and actually load into windows. It had been a day or two and i knew my thunderbird would be bursting at the seams with emails.

I boot.
It chugs a bit more than usual.
I get an error message about 5 minutes after I boot.
"Host process for windows services stopped working and was closed"
It said more than that, but it was all trivial information about what might have caused it and whatnot- then it popped up a windows help browser suggesting i run windows updates, because apparently every problem can be fixed with an update (it wasn't).

This shows up every time I boot. It doesn't really seem to be affecting anything (yet), but it still perturbs me and all the things I find on google seem to be particularly vague in the direction of something in the event log without telling me exactly why i'm there or what I'm looking for, let alone how to go about it.

So, what do I do to alleviate myself of this little dialog at login?


A:"Host process for windows services stopped working"

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Hey everyone,

When i try to run movieclips i get the message "Windows Host process "RunDLL32" has stopped working.

Should i just ignore this message considering the fact that the movieclip still play, or is there a way to fix it.

i can post a hijackthis logfile if need be, also please let me know if you require me to post "silent scanner" logfile

Yours faithfully

Darren u.k
Windows Vista - Home Premium
Service pack 2
manufacturer: Emachines
Model: E4212
Inter Pentium D CPU 2.80GHz 2.79GHz
Ram 1.00GB
32 Bit Op System

A:Windows Host process "RunDLL32" has stopped working

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"windows can communicate with the name resolution server but can't find the host name"

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I accidentally set "Windows Presentation Foundation Host" to default open in Google Chrome, I don't know why I did. I was experimenting, I guess. I don't know how to fix it.

Windows Presentation Foundation Host is an XAML file. I don't know a whole lot about how computers and their files work, but I know a little like how to navigate with task manager, file explorer, control panel, etc.

Any help will be appreciated, thank you for your time and efforts.

A:"Windows Presentation Foundation Host" opens with Chrome

Hello Sean, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Not sure how you did that, but you should be able to do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before you did to undo and fix this.

Hope this helps,

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Hi it me mark here again

I want to know what this means

"Microsoft Windows Search Protocol Host hast stop working"

It keeps appearing every 5 sec or so

But the worst thing is that when i restart my Laptop The whole screen goes black
after loading the Window Vista logo and a pop up appears saying

"Explorer has stop working"

and i can no longer log on to windows

And the only way to fix it is by Reformatting the drive

But the weird thing is that I can press ctrl+alt+Del to restart my computer

What is wrong??

I check some forum they say it is MS outlook 2007 problem?? But I didn't install that

I only installed Ms Words, Powerpoint and excel

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Well, I feel pretty stupid right now.

Recently I was moving a bunch of files onto a new hard drive, when my system would try to load the thumbnails of some, I would get the error in the subject, and so assumed the file was corrupt, and deleted it, later downloading a fresh copy.

The fresh copies however give me the same error, which of course restarts explorer. The files themselves have worked before, and are from reasonably reputable sites, I doubt they're the issue.

It occurred to me that when this error would occur, the little Matroska symbol would be flashing like mad, and after posting on another forum, decided my best bet would be to uninstall the codec pack with Matroska.

Unfortunately, I believe I did the exact opposite of what I wanted to. I may have uninstalled every codec except ffdshow, matroska, haali splitter, etc, as the error was still present after the restart, but the folder was empty.

The only difference seems to be that explorer just restarts without the error message.

A:Windows A Minor Variation of "host process (Rundll32) has stopped working"

Exactly what are the system specs and do you have a Vista disk.

You may need to run the system file checker and it could require the system disk.

In regards to your immediate issue I would recommend doing a system restore to a day prior to this event so that it can be undone and then we can look into it further and possibly determine what the issue is.

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When I view my notification area icons, I see an entry for "host process for windows tasks". I believe it is related to either rundll32 or task host, both of which are all in their legitimate folders.

is there any reason why this would be here? It is set to show only notifications. What notifications would taskhost make?

A:malicious? "Host process for windows tasks" in notification area icons


Here is an image of what im looking at.

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 5:38:05 PM, on 27/06/2010Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Dell 968 AIO Printer\memcard.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hp\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Software602\Print2PDF\Print2PDF.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\Auto Update\RIMAutoUpdate.exeC:\Windows\Dell\PanelMgr\SSMMgr.exeC:\Windows\twain_32\Dell\DELL2145\Scan2Pc.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACDaemon.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files\SetPoint\x86\SetPoint32.exeC:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BluetoothHeadsetProxy.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Lav... Read more

A:Computer hijacked - strange pop ups, host file access issues

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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My Sony VAIO laptop computer is not feeling well.

I have Windows Vista 32 bit, which i have (presumably) upgraded to at least SP1.
As for Service Pack 2, i can not install it due to the problems i am about to describe.

When i first log into Windows, i log in as my only user account (named "Lizard"), which is also my administrator account.

Among the very first messages i get is an error from RunDLL stating that "Error loading C:\Users\Lizard\AppData\Local\Temp\ddcAsqpO.dll".

After closing that alert - everything works just fine for between 2 to 20 minutes.

Then, i get another message that says "Host process for Windows services stopped working and was closed.".
After this error message, my beloved laptop goes through a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde tranformation.
Everything related to Windows Explorer goes in slow motion, if i - for instance, want to save an image i have created - i have to wait for several minutes before the computer unfreezes. That is, if i'm lucky enough to get it back in the first place.
I have tried to get relevant updates for Windows; apart from Service Pack 2 i have also tried to use Windows Update, but i get an error message during the download procedure and then nothing is installed.

The same applies to Spyware Doctor, a program that used to run regular scans of my computer earlier, but now has been paralyzed by something.
Beeing a happy amateur, my investigations have produced very little.

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A:CMDS malware, blocked Windows Update and "Host process stopped working"

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I recently got a new laptop and I've been having a lot of trouble with the sound. It is the laptop seen here:


Sometime the audio works, but then if I pause a song and attempt to resume it a few minutes later, errors occur and the audio seems to be disabled.

"Windows Audio has stopped working" flashes quickly, followed by:

"Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed
A problem caused the application to stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solution is available."

Then, if I right click on the small volume icon in the bottom right by the time, go to "Playback Devices" I get the following message:

"This computer cannot play audio because the Windows Audio Service is not enabled.

Would you like to enable the Windows Audio Service?"

I click yes and the audio works again, but even after this it still acts funny.

Things of note:Sometimes the Volume Up/Down/Off buttons on my keyboard work, and sometimes they do not.
After this problem occurs and I restart it by going to Playback Devices, the audio cannot be turned up/down in Windows Media Player. I must manually adjust my (external) speakers.
I'm using Windows Media Player because Songbird and iTunes seem to freeze up every time I try to play music through them
When I first got my laptop, I installed a few programs and ran into some problems (I forgot exactly what they w... Read more

A:Sound doesn't work sometimes: "Host Process for Windows Services stopped working..."

Hi -

Run a DirectX kernel diag report -
START | dxdiag | if x64, bottom-center "64-bit" | save as text - bottom-center

Zip the text file up and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .



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I am trying to connect a hp pavilion dv6500 to my network and when I connect to my home network I only get local only access. When i run the diagonsitics to see why it does not get internet access i get the message that "Windows failed to find the well known host "www.microsoft.com" Using DNS." I have 3 other computers that are connected to this network and they have no problems at all getting access to the internet. I have attempted to turnoff and reset my router and modem several times and still get the same results. Heres is my network information obtained from ipconfig/all if it helps.

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : owner-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : Belkin

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : Belkin
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1A-73-91-13-9A
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d420:e1e5:5174:829c%10(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:33:41 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, January 30, 2146 12:06:15 AM
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A:Windows failed to find the well known host "www.microsoft.com".

Let's expand that and add some pings.
Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands one at a time, followed by the Enter key:

NOTE: For the items below in red surrounded with < >, see comments below for the actual information content, they are value substitutions from the previous IPCONFIG command output! Do NOT type <computer_IP_address> into the command, that won't work. Also, the < and > in the text is to identify the parameters, they are also NOT used in the actual commands.

Do NOT include the <> either, they're just to identify the values for substitution.


PING <computer_IP_address>

PING <default_gateway_address>

PING <dns_servers>


PING yahoo.com

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

<computer_IP_address> - The IP Address of your computer, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above. (For Vista/Win7, the IPv4 Address)

<default_gateway_address> - The IP address of the Default Gateway, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

<dns_servers> - The IP address of the first (or only) address for DNS Servers, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

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I'm running a HP Envy 17-3290nr, the "Rundll32" was in my task manager at first but I figured out how to get that off with the start up on MSCONFIG. So I guess it's bluetooth? I already have a Bluetooth on my task bar, I don't need two do I? plus it don't even have a bluetooth icon, it just says "Windows host process (Rundll32) THEN RIGHT UNDERNEATH IT, it says.... "Bluetooth" IT won't let me show the icon and notifications.

A:"Windows host process (Rundll32)" Problem


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Pop up when startup
Pop up when i click all program on desktop and start menu

Please Help

os: windows vista ultimate

A:How to remove this "Windows Script Host" Error? - Please Help

Do you use NetMeeting, if not you can stop it from starting with windows by going to Start > Run > type msconfig, under the startup tab uncheck the NetMeeting entry then reboot.

Microsoft also discontinued NetMeeting after Vista, and went to Live messenger

Here's a link on how to remove NetMeeting from your computer:NetMeeting in Windows XP

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Hi everyone, I have just started encountering this problem very often with my laptop, im running vista home basic, and it keeps on seeming to happen shortly after i boot up my computer.
Recently I installed 2GB Crucial RAM (2x1gb) (I had 2x512mb before) and soon after this problem, along with a few others have started happening, for example, i can hear the hard drive clicking and whirring a lot louder than usual - which makes me think that i may have knocked it or something when i put it upside down (?), anyway, on the Problems Report and Solutions page, it says to look in event viewer, and i found the culprit file being C:\Windows\Prefetch\WINRAR.EXE-BA8CDB31.pf
I did try putting the old ram back in to see if it would have any effect - but it definately wasnt the ram.
So what can I do?? can I delete this file to stop it trying to access it? (I no that will probably be a very stupid thing to do) or is there some way i can fix it? - or do you think my hard drive may be damaged?!

Anyway any help would be much apprecciated.
here is my comps spec -

Dell Vostro 1000
AMD Turion X2 64 TL-56 1.8Ghz
2x1gb RAM
32 bit Vista home basic
Iis about 8 months old.

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Server may be down...

We recently added a wireless router and were able to connect online with our laptop.

All of a sudden today, we are not.

I am completely NOT a pc guru....

can anyone help?

A:Windows failed to find the well known host "www.microsoft.com" using DNS.

You are unable to utilize DNS services. These are usually provided by the ISP and are implemented in the router. You may have inadvertantly blocked these if you added a second wireless router after your ISPs router/modem. Or you could simply have had a network outage. Turn off both the reouter/modem and the router for at least one minute and then turn them both back on. Often that "fixes" transient connectivity issues.

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My computer freezes minutes after turning it on and I cannot connect to the internet, or do anything with it, etc.
A window keeps popping up saying "Host Process for Windows Stopped Working and was Closed" and directly under this message it says "A problem caused the application to stop working correctly".
I can't even log off after this.

A:"Host Process for Windows Stopped Working" ???

Hi and welcome to TSGF this may give you some ideas http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/host-process-for-windows-services-stopped-working/

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I cannot open User Accounts in Control Panel, I keep getting ...

Microsoft (R) HTML Application host has encountered a problem and needs to close.

Anyone with a fix? . My appreciations in advance!

A:"User Accounts" in Control panel wont Open-Error is "Html application Host Error"

Do you have a recovery restore install disc or partition?
You can try doing a repair or system file check...
Scan For Missing/Corrupt System Files...

Windows XP comes with a wonderful tool called System File Checker (SFC)
Itscans and verifies the versions of all protected system files after you restart your computer...
To Do This:
Click Start menu, and then click the Run icon.
In the small box that Opens, type the three letters: cmd then click the OK button.
In the command prompt window that just opened (a black background and white text), type the following command:
SFC /scannow
And then click OK
You must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group to run SFC..
You will need your Windows XP CD during this procedure if SFC needs to get an original file. Please remember that Windows XP can have multiple instances of a .DLL file and remember which version is for which program.
I have been asked if it is possible to have a "progress meter" show when SFC runs... This is the registry hack you need. PLEASE do not go messing with your registry if you do NOT know what you are doing!
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: SFCShowProgress
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

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My name is Ken and I appreciate any and all advice in advance. I dispense a lot of advice on hi-fi boards, but I know just enough about computers to defer to the experts. Feel free to slap me around and teach me a lesson if I appear stupid or violate any board etiquette. I can take it.

Here's the deal:

My computer suddenly lost all of its cookies for sites I frequent.

Then, right after that happened, Norton told me that it stopped some malicious code.

I started getting a "Generic Host Process for Win 32 Services..." error and my computer started stalling when I went into Microsoft Word or IE.

I updated Windows, updated my HP software (based on a quick Google search), and scanned my entire system with Norton.

Norton says it killed the "Downloader" virus.

My computer is still bringing up the "Generic..." message and when I try to unmute my volume button, it says there are "no active mixer devices available." I'm just waiting for my computer to freeze up again.

What follows is the DDS file and I've attached the "ark" and "attach" files as zipped files:

DDS (Ver_09-02-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by kjohnson at 13:26:58.94 on Mon 02/23/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2550.1972 [GMT -5:00]

AV: Norton AntiVirus 2006 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
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A:"Generic Host Process..." and "Downloader"

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Dunno what happened, but out of nowhere the "big/stylized icon" (don't know how it's called) from my Photoshop files disappeared, went to the "bad/old/small format".

Only the Photoshop files. Check the image

Left, the Adobe Illustrator icon is fine, big/stylized, we can see it all, but on the right (marked red by me) the Photoshop is wrong. How can I restore to the default "big/stylized format" from Adobe?

I already tried rebuild the icon cache, deleted, restored, did a lot of these things, the icon remains the "bad format", how can I change to the good "big/stylized icon" format?


A:Restore "big icon" file on Windows 7

The icons look the same size to me but you might right-click the Photoshop icon and choose Properties. There's choices to open the Folder containing the .exe file the Shortcut refers to and/or to change the icon which should give you something more relevant to choose. If that doesn't work could be PS needs reinstalling.

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I am getting the following error when moving files on the same drive or from one to another:

"Error Moving File or Folder
Cannot remove folder (insert folder name here): The directory is not empty."

This is fairly common (once or twice a month) and it occurs usually with folders containing many subfolders when being moved by explorer gui "Move the selected items", or ctrl-x, ctrl-v . Repeated attempts through the same process seems to move the folders, but the errors increase as the concentration of stubborn folders increases.

There are no event viewer logs corresponding to these errors. (eventvwr.msc: system, or application)

I would have thought this would be a common problem, but extensive searches came up with nothing... so either it is rare, untroubling to others, extremely easy to fix, or my search queries suck. =)
I am going to run Checkdisk to make sure all is well there, and I will repost the likely failure.

A:"Error moving file or folder" "directory is not empty" one file left

Occasionally when I am deleting a file, it is difficult, I have to go through process explorer, search for the thread that is strangely(?) associated with that file in explorer (no reasonable dependencies could be linked, nor is the file being viewed), and kill the thread before deletion.

any thoughts?

Thanks =)

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Thanks for taking time to review my specific problem. I have used this website in the past to rid my computer of security programs that have hi-jacked my computer. Unfortunately the problem i'm currently having I can't self correct.

The Problems,
My internet redirects everytime I click a link
I often get the same website popups
I've noticed my svchost.exe oftens grows VERY large & consumes all my memory
I often get Generic Host Process for Win32 errors.

Thanks for your help,

A:Internet Search Hijacked, svchost file problems, Popups, Generic Host Process Errors

As it is clear that your computer does have virus infections, first thing you must be doing is to do a scan of your computer.

The best software which I can advice is Malwarebyte Antimalware, there is free version of it availiable over internet.
here is the link for downloading the same http://malwarebytes.org/.
download and install it. later do a quick scan and remove all infections that you find using the scan. Then at the end you will get a log about the scan. Please do post that link in order to look in this matter more precisely.
But most of your issues would be fixed with that scan itself,

Also one more suggetion since you are having some website redirections, it might be an issue of "hosts" file corruption.
Some nasty irus do corrupt those files. inorder to give more info on that tell about your computer and also the Operating system that you are using.

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how can I change this?

Some background - this may not be the issue I need to solve at the end of the day:

I believe the location is causing crashes, since I blew up lots of Library registry values (in an attempt to remove them from the OS), and I think it defaults to the library page.

eg, 2shared - file upload and sharing
[edit: stupid editor auto href'd the text... bah]

crashes IE and Firefox (not Chrome for some reason... possibly because it uses its own code?) when I click the browse button (same for any "browse" button that spawns a native find-your-file thing).

It may be something else, but anyway...

edit: If I disable "Expand to Current Folder" in Win Explorer, the crash does not occur. So perhaps it is trying to expand to a folder that is broken?
I want to keep "Expand to Current Folder" on, though, as I like the feature.

A:Default "Browse for file" location in web browser "choose file" box

Hello Silmeria,

It may be best to do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before you blew up the registry to see if that may sort this for you. Afterwards, you could use the tutorial below instead to remove libraries without blowing up the registry like that.

Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

Hope this helps,

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I am trying to use the fsutil file setshortname to set "Program Files" to PROGRA~1,

but the system is giving me an "Error: Access is denied" response.
what I have typed:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Windows\system32>cd /d D:\
D:\>fsutil.exe 8dot3name set 0
The registry state is now: 0 (Enable 8dot3 name creation on all volumes).
D:\>fsutil file setshortname "Program Files" PROGRA~1
Error:  Access is denied.
And I try it in Safe Mode.It is also "Access is denied.".
Can someone
help me?

A:"fsutil file setshortname "Program Files" PROGRA~1"=>"Error:Access is denied."

Hi TimFF,
This might be related with the UAC settings, check this thread:
give full permission for the users in program
files folder
The steps in the above thread is not recommended.
For the short name usage, we may consider to create a directory-junction from
PROGRA~1 to C:\Program Files:
With the following commands:
mklink /J "C:\PROGRA~1" "C:\Program Files"
Best regards

Michael Shao
TechNet Community Support

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I need to be able to run a .bat but am unable to. when clicking on a .bat file a pop up notifies me that my Pc can't run .bat files I looked on the interwebs and found some people that had accidentally made .bat's open with notepad and could not
run them their fix was to go to this location in the registry "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.BAT\UserChoice"
and delete UserChoice I have followed this path and there is no .bat key. 
Please help

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Hello. I am using a POWER USER account, Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 /w all the latest patches availible via microsoft update. I was trying to create a .zip file of a folder within the primary directroy of a backup hard drive I use.

For Example:
D:\stuff - I wanted to make a zipfile of the folder "stuff."

Then I get the following error "Cannot Create Output File."

However, if I move the folder to the destop or a subdirectory i.e. stuff/more stuff, then the .zip file is created with no problems.

Also, because user accounts [at least in my experience] have a tendency to decay, I created a freash power user account and the same problem persist.

Is this a standard security feature for power user accounts? Is there anyway I can "disable" it if it is?

Thank You.

A:Windows .Zip file - Power User Problems - Error: "Cannot create Output File"

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Hiya, I could use a little help resolving what should be a simple problem. It's really a long story, but to skip to the important part, I'll just recount this little tale:

I wanted to delete some files off of an old external hard drive to make space for some new stuff. It didn't matter, since the files I was deleting had been long since copied to a new drive. However, Vista, in its infinite wisdom, told me I couldn't delete the files, and it was for my own good. I politely said, "okay, Vista! Thanks for keeping me honest!"

But then I muttered, "I already have a mother" under my breath, and proceeded to go behind Vista's back and turn off User Account Control so I could delete the files anyway. Well, I knew that wasn't the best idea, so I immediately turned UAC back on afterwards, but it was too late. Vista caught me, and after the second restart, smote me with a problem I'd seen once before: nearly every program on my computer was said to have been closed after it "encountered a problem" or some nonsense, and when restarted again, the disk checker was run, found numerous problems, and did whatever it had to do to go about fixing them all.

Now I'm not sure what all that was about, because everything seems to be running okay now, save for one minor thing. That little "click" sound you get when navigating windows explorer was nowhere to be heard. I tried another restart and another disk check, b... Read more

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:31:46 PM, on 6/18/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winssnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\The Weather Channel FW\Desktop Weather\DesktopWeather.exe
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\WCESCOMM.EXE
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
C:\Program Files\Expedia\Expedia Fare Alert\ExpediaFareAlert.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Firewall\msfwsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winss.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://gomyron.com/NjU2NA==/2/3560/homepage/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,... Read more

A:Solved: Hijacked by "Privacy Protector" - hjt log file attd

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Hi need help with this pls!

i receive this error all the time with probs with the sound as well:

"Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close...." and a few seconds after that appears a pop up says:
"svchost.exe - Application Error" which says "The exception unknown software exception (0xc0000409) occured in the application at location 0x5b86a3c0."

This is Panda result:

Incident Status Location

Potentially unwanted tool:application/bestoffer Not disinfected c:\windows\SMDAT32M.SYS
Potentially unwanted tool:application/altnet Not disinfected c:\windows\SMDAT32A.SYS
Adware:adware/instafinder Not disinfected c:\program files\INSTAFINK
Potentially unwanted tool:application/need2find Not disinfected c:\program files\Need2Find
Adware:adware/rxtoolbar Not disinfected Windows Registry
Spyware:Cookie/Yadro Not disinfected
C:\Documents and Settings\Acer\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt Spyware:Cookie/Atlas DMT Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\Acer\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Com.com Not disinfected C:\Documen... Read more

A:"Generic Host Process for Win32 Services.." pls see my Panda scan txt & HJT!!!

Bump !!!

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In the past week or so my computer has been experiencing the same problem of win32 error message, which on prompt will reset my toolbar and everything back to previous windows 98 style of the white toolbar and old style of design, i know this has something to do with a virus.

I recently just had the fake Anti-Virus scan maleware on my computer which i succesfully removed with maleware-bytes and Whitesmoke translator which i also removed twice with malewarebytes. Im just wondering if there anything that can cause this sort of problem with my computer, maybe a virus im not catching? Also it seems my computer has been booting up rather slowly and it just seems super sluggish.

Any help would be appriciated just lemme know what you need thanks!

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I'm having issues with internet connectivity. They started back with Win 7, but they disappeared when I upgraded to 10. Now they're back again. Essentially my connection on my laptop (wired) comes and goes, but the icon at the bottom never shows a broken connection. It also happens with all wireless connected devices (iphones), but oddly not with a secondary laptop (also wireless).

The weird thing is that some connections never seem affected by this. For example, I use Plex to stream movies and shows via Google's Chromecast to my TV. That connection is never down. Even when nothing is loading (webpages, mail, messenger, twitter, etc.) I can always reliably cast something. The same is true with torrents. The speeds reach max quickly and stay there constantly until completion.

The other weird thing is that it behaves as though I have data caps from my ISP (I don't). The longer my connection is dormant, the more time I get without any internet issues (a full night with no internet usage results in a full morning with no connection issues; a weekend with no usage results in a full day with no issues). Conversely, the more usage the more trouble (if I'm downloading a large file overnight, the next morning I can't even get Google to load until a few hours have passed with no internet usage and then I can connect again for a few minutes),

Also, I noticed that around the same time this started, I also started getting these random error messages "Scripted Diagnostics ... Read more

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I?m downgrading a ASUS N550LF-CN100H from windows 8 to windows 7 Pro x64.

But when I try to install the driver "Intel(R) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver" the system crash.
I have installed the latest version of the BIOS (2.12) and changed some settings (for W7).
- Boot -> Lunch CSM = Enabled
- Security -> Secure Boot Control= Disabled

I have tried with the driver coming from the Intel site and with "Driver Genius" (same driver).
Do you have any advice to solve this issue because Asus doesn?t give any support for downgrade ?


A:"Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Cont. Driver" Crash during installation

Did you try the support section of Asus to download drivers. See this link and change to your model
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download X550LA

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I have a new computer running Windows 7. It is functioning well, apart from the firewire card not being recognized. I can see that the BIOS does see the firewire card. Pages on the web offering advice on this kind of problems start their solutions with going
to the device manager and expanding the "IEEE 1394 Bus host controllers" node in the device tree. Only I don't have such a node. How can I get the "IEEE 1394 Bus host controllers" node to appear in the device manager?
Windows update reports that Windows is up to date.

A:No "IEEE 1394 Bus host controllers" node in device manager

I would like to recommend you download the driver from the official website firstly

http://www.conceptronic.net/Site/desktopdefault.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=420&pc=Ci1394B , then reboot to check if the issue persists.
Please feel free to contact me if you get any update.
Hope it helps!
Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Best Regards,
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Ok, so since of recently, my computer has been acting really wierd. I would start the computer up normally and everything would be fine. But after spending some time on the internet, mostly around 30-45 min, I would get the same "Generic Host Process For Win32 Services" error message. And then after I close the box, my screen starts to act really wierd. A blank white bar appears between the top blue bar (on my computer) which would usually have the website , etc.. "Tech Support Guy Forums - Mozilla Firefox" and the menu bar. And then the windows box changes from "Windows XP style" to "Windows Classic style" on its own. I am still able to use the computer/internet but after a while, it starts to progressively get slower and slower. I have no idea whats wrong with it. I have Avira AntiVir and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and I have scanned my computer many times but nothing comes up. Please help
I have Windows XP
If you need to know anything else, i'll try my best help but i'm not the best when it comes to computers.
I'm also gonna try to attach screenshots of my computer/error messages.

Thank you

A:"Generic Host Process For Win32 Services" error message

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I am still having this problem that I thought was fixed on Oct 28th. See that post under operating system-windows xp.
I used hijax and i also followed the instructions that were left for me regarding this matter. But it is stilll happening. I also uninstalled the add-on for msn plus and it still is doing this when i'm online. When i'm online and this process needs to close i can no longer access the internet even though it says i'm online. Please Help!!!!

A:"Generic host process for Win32 services" needs to close

This is all the things that I have done to try to fix this problem with the suggestions that you have given to me. It had worked for a while and now the problem is back any suggestions would help....

I ran a scan using the link above with the hijackthis program and 20 items were listed. However I'm not sure what to do with the items it found.....
This is what it found. Sorry for the long post

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 12:21:22 PM, on 10/28/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\MsgPlus.exe
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.vlpuptfwgtpveihgymmmkyjl...8atYNEw... Read more

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