Hosts File

  peter99co 22:39 17 May 2010

I run a Vista set-up and have been advised that the Hosts File should be made read only. Can anyone advise on this.

What is the default?
What are the consequences of changing the state?

  mgmcc 22:56 17 May 2010

Making it "read only" could prevent any malicious software (viruses etc) from modifying its contents.

Some viruses have been known to amend the Hosts file so as to block access to sites that provide AntiVirus solutions.

  peter99co 23:00 17 May 2010

That is what I have heard. What is the default? I assume not read only. Thank you for you reply.

  northumbria61 23:19 17 May 2010

locate your HOSTS file in C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc –> right-click on it –> and mark it “read-only”

  peter99co 23:00 18 May 2010

Thank you both but why does windows leave it open?

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