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Virus problems! Pinom.J worm

Hello, i completed a full avg virus scan on my PC, which found and removed Worm/Pinom.J from a file called SETUP.EXE that had been copyed to some of my shared folders.
I am unable to access websites like symantec, sofos etc, any antivirus website...
Can anyone advice me?

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Some viruses add urls to the "hosts" file, find this file on you PC, this should be in
open it with notepad
and then delete all of them except       localhost

for example there will be one that says

when you try to go to this site, it looks at the host file, then uses the static ip assigned to which is, which is a loopback address, ie your machine, thats why you get an error beacuse it goes to, removing this line will allow you to access

After that you should be able to access the required sites, do the upadtes and you should be fine.

Hope I could help

madlanAuthor Commented:
I cant seem to find the host file? (win XP home)
All 5 pcs on the network have the same problem, same sites cant be accessed.
i notice that appears in the status bar while connecting to said websites.

This is a private address.
Try this:
Go to start->Search->Find files and folder->hosts*.*

The host file has not got an extention like .exe. But it will definately be there.

On XP it should be on c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc

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madlanAuthor Commented:
OK, i found it:

and you were right! thankyou!

Do you know anything about this virus? i cant find any information on it.
Just want to make sure its not damaged anything else...


# 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
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
#          # source server
#              # x client host       localhost
Yes it look fine
delete the following

Then save the file, then try to access or etc

Regarding the virus
have a look at
Hey did that work, anyways glad I could help :)

Please dont forget to allocate the points.

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