General discussion


Google problem solved

By lee_eardley ·
I have today come across the problem with google not opening on any internet browser.

I tried updating both ie8 and firefox fault still there.

All other sites will open.

Tried scans with avira , antispyware, and malware bytes, still had the same issue.

Had a hunch that there was a deep problem.
Opened c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

low and behold this file was listed
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# # source server
# # x client host localhost ieautosearch search.netscape.com12.129.205.209

I renamed this file to host.old

restarted the computer and tried again with google sites, fully working.

Can any body see any issues with having this host file renamed.

Also noticed that the browsers are running and opening the internet pages alot quicker.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

1 total post (Page 1 of 1)  
Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

Obviously compromised

by Brenton Keegan In reply to Google problem solved

Your host file was obviously compromised.

Removing and/or renaming the old host files will just trigger Windows to create a new default hosts file.

By default the only entry in the hosts file is this: localhost (aside from the comments above of course)

Back to Browser Forum
1 total post (Page 1 of 1)  

Related Discussions

Related Forums