I was using an online virus scan ( panda ) and it disinfected my hosts file because it reported the following, Virus:Trj/Qhost.Y Disinfected C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts TDS3 no longer recognises the host file to be present so i believe that the panda online scan has deleted the whole file... rather than just disinfect it - i don't believe it was infected anyhow although i did make some changes to it so i could reach the TDS3 private forums.. this may have caused it to think it was infected. My question is... should i recreate the hosts file? If so... can anyone advise me how to do that? I don't really know what should be in the hosts file or what extention to save it as. Any help appreciated.