Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Why Blocking Malware with HOSTS is not Recommended

A couple of people has sent me alternative solutions to solve this popup.adv.net and mtn5.goole.ws problem. I am surprised that this malware still bothers a lot of people since I have already solved this problem using the steps outlined here.

One of the solution suggested is to modify the file hosts which you can usually find at c:\windows\system32\drivers directory What you then do is open it with a notepad and place the following entry: popup.adv.net mtn5.goole.ws Then save the file. And then when you browse again you will no longer get the ads. Except, some of you will now have popups that have "page not found" messages.

It's not an elegant solution and I would not recommend it.

Another reason why this solution is bad, is that yes you are able to block the malware ads from displaying, but your PC will still be infected and your DNS setting is still screwed.
What you got by doing the above solution is really a false sense of security. So again the right thing to do is clean your PC of the trojan/virus then follow the steps outlined here.

Related Links:
How to Remove popup.adv.net and mtn5.goole.ws - Final Solution
How to Block Adwares using Firefox NoScript extension
How to Block popup.adv.net and mtn5.goole.ws