AVG: HOSTS reading error.

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Was helping a friend with their PC lastnight, and the situation seemed
unusual enough for me to ask about here for some feedback.  This Person is
running XP Pro Sp2 on a Intel PC Clone fully patched, with its unused
services disabled, and ZA Pro firewall and AVG Professional installed.

Recently, they indicated to me they had been experiencing a lot of page type
"clicking or ticking" going on - while their PC was connected to the
internet with their browser closed.  So lastnight - I ran a custom check of
the system areas and an empty folder with AVG.

One item came back as "changed "  Shell32 -  and HOSTS returned a Read
Error.  On closer inspection of the \System32\drivers\etc folder... found
HOSTS.bak but no Hosts so I replaced the file. But now I'm wondering about
Shell32... does it always change? Normal viral and spyware scans detect

Re: HOSTS reading error.

C J.  typed:
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Read about Shell32:

It can change but usually does not unless it gets infected with a virus or

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Re: HOSTS reading error.

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The Shell32.dll file gets updated in MANY Windows updates - it's one of the
main libraries used by Windows.
The version in a fully-updated Win98SE system is 4.72.3812.600

Noel Paton (MS-MVP 2002-2006, Windows)

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