HiJack This!!

Discussion in 'adware, spyware & hijack cleaning' started by puff-m-d, Feb 9, 2004.

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  1. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    Hello all,

    HiJack This has all of a sudden started locking up on me when I click on "SCAN"..... It always freezes at the same point with about 50 % CPU usage and around 58,000 K mem usage.... Could malware be causing this? I have done full scans with NOD32, TDS, and TrojanHunter and they all come up clean.... I have deleted my copy of HiJack This and installed a clean copy but still have the same problem...

    Anyone seen this before or have any advice?

    Regards,
    Kent
     

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    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    I forgot to say that I also ran SpyBot and AdAware, and then just in case CWShredder, and all of these came up clean also.....

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  3. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi Kent,

    How big is your hosts file?
    Try renaming it to hosts.bak and run HijackThis again.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  4. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    Hi Pieter,

    As always, you had the answer I needed ;) .... My Hosts file contains 30180 entries and is 920 KB in size :eek: :cool: .... I just wonder why all of a sudden HJT started hanging here? I guess my Hosts file just grew too big :D ....

    Have a karma cookie on me !!!!!!!!!!!

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  5. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    ~Crunch~

    Tmhmamnmkms Kmemnmt.

    Sorry, had my mouth full. And the keyboard

    Pieter
     
  6. gerardwil

    gerardwil Registered Member

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    Hi Pieter,

    Can you explain a bit more about this host file?
    Thanks,

    Gerard
     
  7. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi gerard,

    What would you like to know?

    What it does? http://accs-net.com/hosts/
    Which one I use? http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    (adapted a little to include my favorites)
    Or why HijackThis struggles with it?
    Imagine having to read 920 KB of text and checking every line against a database that holds over a thousand domains. :eek:

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
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