Rob, thank you so much for your help. I, too, have been unable to get on the
PayPal website for the past month at least. I had tried everything under the
sun to resolve this. I contacted PayPal, who believe it or not, does not
have a tech support. They suggested a few things but nothing concerning the
hosts file. I contacted my internet provider and they could offer no
suggestions either. I use AVG virus software as well as Advanced SystemCare
to help keep my computer in shape. I finally sought help here in the
Communities forum and I found this post originally by Simon.
I took your advice and used the MSVP fix and walah, I can now access the
PayPal website!!!!! I'm ecstatic I can finally manage my account again.
Apparently, that last trojan to get through did something even though I fixed
it according to removal instructions. The weird thing is the only website in
the world I couldn't access was the PayPal site. I will certainly be letting
PayPal know about this fix for future customers who run into this!
Thank you so very much!!!!!!!!!!
> Hi Simon,
> What virus(name). Do a web search on the virus name to research how it works
> and how to remove it properly from your computer. It is also prudent to do
> an update of your anti-malware programs regularly to ensure that they have
> the latest definitions and repair instructions.
> It sounds like it has made entries to your Hosts file to redirect you to
> phishing sites (fake copies of your Banking and Paypal sites).
> See http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm for instructions for
> installing the MSMVP Hosts file, which will over-write any existing Hosts
> file that the virus may have created.
> What do you mean 'It won't let me view my online banking website'?
> What messages are displayed when this happens?
> "Simon" <Simon@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > I was having problems with my computer and found out that I had a virus, I
> > took all the right measures and my comp is working fine apart from one
> > thing,
> > at first it wouldn't let mw view my online banking website which is a
> > https
> > secure site. I can now view that website, but I won't let me view the
> > Paypal
> > website which is also a secure site, anybody know why this might be
> > happening? Thanks