MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [February-09-2014]

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [February-09-2014]
»winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Download: hosts.zip (133 kb)
»winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.zip

How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file
»winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts2.htm

HOSTS File – Frequently Asked Questions
»winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostsfaq.htm

Note: the “text” version makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections …
»winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt (506 kb)

Get notified when the MVPS HOSTS file is updated
»winhelp2002.mvps.org/updates.htm

Adobe Flash Player Bulletin APSB12-24

Adobe Flash Player Bulletin APSB12-24 has been released.
• Release date: November 6, 2012


Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 11.4.402.287 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.243 and earlier versions for Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.20 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.19 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.


Go to »get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Deselect all third party offerings. Such as Google Toolbar, Google Chrome, etc.

• Note: These must be applied to each Browser installed on your PC.

Hosts file is detected as malware in Windows Defender

• You install Windows 8.
• You change the Hosts file by specifying custom IP-address-to-host-name mappings to prevent users from browsing to some websites.
• You run a scan in Microsoft Windows Defender.

In this scenario, the Hosts file is detected as a SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack by Windows Defender.

See the KB for instructions how to exclude your Hosts file from being scanned and trashed.
»support.microsoft.com/kb/2764944/en-us