Re: How to prevent Defender from rolling back Hosts file change?
Thanks for your response. Yes, this is a curious situation. Prior to my
current Vista OS, I was running the precursor to Windows Defender (name
escapes me) on a W2K machine and did not encounter this problem.
Maybe someone else will have some suggestions.
> "JohnDavid" <JohnDavid@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > I use the Spybot feature that provides an updated Hosts file (with
> > nefarious
> > sites pointing back to the localhost).
> > Windows Defender real time protection keeps notifying me that it has (or
> > wants to) change the Hosts file back to the original. In looking at
> > Defender's options, I only see one way to prevent this action, i.e. to
> > enter
> > the path to the Hosts file into the "Do not scan these files or locations"
> > box. So, 2 questions:
> > 1. Is that the best (only) way to prevent the Hosts rollback?
> > 2. Wouldn't that put my system at risk for some malware to also change the
> > Hosts?
> > Thanks,
> > JohnDavid
> I also run Windows Defender in real time and I have never had this
> problem. I just opened Spybot S&D and reimmunized. I did not receive any
> kind of alert from Windows Defender.
> I have used Windows Defender since the day Microsoft bought Giant
> Software and I have never had the issue you are experiencing.
> Since Windows Defender is an integral part of the Vista OS I know of no
> way to uninstall it and reinstall it. I wish I had an answer to your problem
> but I do not. Sorry.
> It is the responsibility and duty of everyone to help the underprivileged
> and unfortunate among us.