Other posts in this forum have indicated that an earlier version deletes the HOSTS file. This file has always been missing from my XP Home (IE 6) pc . There is a lmhosts.sam file located in C/Windows/Drivers/etc which seems to be an example of how a HOSTS file should look. When I do a CWS scan, the following results appear: CWShredder v1.52.2 scan only report Windows XP (5.01.2600 SP1) Windows dir: C:\WINDOWS Windows system dir: C:\WINDOWS\system32 AppData folder: C:\Documents and Settings\Joel\Application Data Username: Joel Hosts file not present Shell Registry value: HKLM\..\WinLogon [Shell] Explorer.exe UserInit Registry value: HKLM\..\WinLogon [UserInit] C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe, CWS.Oslogo (if value is 2) Registry value: Domains: *.coolwebsearch.com [*] dword:4 CWS.Oslogo (if value is 2) Registry value: Domains: *.coolwwwsearch.com [*] dword:4 CWS.Googlems.2 (if value is 2) Registry value: Domains: *.xxxtoolbar.com [*] dword:4 Registry value: DefaultPrefix (should be http://)  http:// Registry value: WWW Prefix (should be http://) [www] http:// Registry value: Mosaic Prefix (should be http://) [mosaic] http:// Registry value: Home Prefix (should be http://) [home] http:// Found Win.ini file: C:\WINDOWS\win.ini (596 bytes, A) Found System.ini file: C:\WINDOWS\system.ini (256 bytes, A) - END OF REPORT - When I do a CWS fix, however, no CWS variants or affiliates are identified as present and the report indicates that my system is completely clean. A repeat scan comes up with the same results above. I would greatly appreciate any assistance in interpreting the scan findings as well as help in taking any necessary corrective action.