I was surprise to see My host file size grew from 1 KB to 299 KB. The main culprit was Spybot search and destroy.
Here is the list from my host file, You can see how many entries were added. I was lucky since I had installed Webroot Spy Sweper, It blocked all access to these site, otherwise I would be getting some heavy trojans and viruses.
BTW these were access network without my knowledge, Thanks Webroot.
# 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:
# 184.108.40.206 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 220.127.116.11 x.acme.com # x client host
# Start of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy
# This list is Copyright 2000-2008 Safer Networking Limited
# End of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy
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huh, I'm confused??
I use SpyBot to immunize my system, by having it modify my host file accordingly, to block access to malicious sites etc.
That's what SpyBot does, to protect you... If you don't want protection, then don't use it.
Those list that SpyBot added to your host are meant to protect you from accessing those sites. You get that when you immunize your computer.
How well does this soft stack up against MBAM or Super AntiSpywarePro
I use Spybot for the Immunize feature alone, nothing else. It's very worth while.
299 KB is pretty small considering the amount of protection that is added. Immunize should be done with every Spybot update to help protect IE and FF browsers.
See here: Interesting Facts About Spybot's Immunize Feature
And here if you don't know how to use it: Use Spybot's Immunize Function
Opposite is happening here, My computer was requesting access to those sites instead of Blocking, it now, Spybot gone Problem Solved!
Requesting access or requesting access to the Hosts file to allow the change?