|The Mysterious Windows HOSTS File
Cloudeight InfoAve - January 28, 2005
Sample HOSTS File Looks Like This (this is the default - unedited state)
# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# 18.104.22.168 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 22.214.171.124 x.acme.com # x client host
A highjacked Hosts File May Look Like This:
A HOSTS file like the example above would redirect any
request for these sites to the IP address of the listed IP (which points to www.dogpile.com ). All of the numbers are the same. See?
And regardless of the "name" you type in your browser, if your HOSTS file looks
like the one above, you're going to end up on Dogpile.com. Dogpile will never change
your HOST file like this. It's just an example!