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September 24, 2007, 8:00 pm
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Since a while, when I look up words in the online dictionary, Merriam-
Webster I encounter a problem, presumably due to certain ads on the
Sometimes IE suddenly navigates away from the page unexpectedly and
jumps to the bottom right corner of the screen pointed at a different
url with a notification popping up, as can be seen in the following
So the notification from IE pops up with a msg in Dutch and the choice
to accept or cancel installing drivecleaner,
as well as a small browser window in the bottom right corner pointed
at their site.
When I cancel or close the notification, I end up at the site visible
in the next screenshot:
Or at a similar site, visible in this screenshot:
So, I thought, maybe I can use the hosts file:
to redirect urls like that with the line
added to that hosts text file.
But it seems something recovers the original hosts file and eliminates
the line that was added manually. Does anyone know if this is done by
BitDefender, AVG or by the Windows XP Pro (SP2) system itself and
whether and how I can modify these settings?
Or perhaps a better way to get rid of this annoying behavior of
unwanted websites that spontaneously come up when I look up words at
Thx in advance for any feedback, Niek
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September 24, 2007, 10:30 pm
Re: hosts file, BitDefender, AVG
I don't think that the free version of BitDefender has a setting for
locking the hosts file. AVG Anti-Spyware does. XP doesn't lock it
How about using Firefox with NoScript and AdBlock extensions
installed instead of IE?
Try SuperAdBlocker or a better AV solution like NOD32.
Virus Removal http://max.shplink.com/removal.html
Keep Clean http://max.shplink.com/keepingclean.html
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