Virus/Malware blocking access to specific sites.

Posted on 2007-08-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-06

We have a Windows XP, that we recently installed all of the windows updates on.  We attempted to install AVG free antivirus and found that was blocked.  

We have tried looking at the hosts file, which has nothing foreign in it. I checked the registry, the host file is still mapped to /$SystemRoot$/system32/drivers/etc . Several other virus scans found items, but now the computer is coming up clean on all scans.  

We also tried Internet Explorer and Firefox.  Neither let us reach the site.  We can ping and get the correct ip address.  If we go into either IE or Firefox and do: http://ipaddress/ it fails.  If we use that same IP address on another machine, it takes us directly to

We also manually installed AVG from an installer, and it installs fine.  When it installs updates, it says that it can not reach the grisoft update service.

So it appears this issue is not specific to a browser, and DNS is also properly translating to its IP.  The question is, what else would cause this not work?

Thanks for any advice.

Question by:compsol1993
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    Accepted Solution

    You could make a fast scan with

    PREVX 2.0 is the most powerful security solution in the World.It safeguards your PC and personal information from theft and attack by Spyware, Rootkits, Trojans, Viruses, Bots, Adware and all other forms of Malware and Crimeware.

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    by:Will Szymkowski
    Download hijackthis from the following location.

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    Author Comment

    Thank you both for the advice.  We were running short on time and eventually had to just restore the computer.  HiJack this came up clean though.
    LVL 27

    Expert Comment

    Ok, you can use the free Prevx trial version btw.

    It remains free until it block some real malware from executing.

    After that you got 30 days to register and after that time, it will just detect but not remove the malware.

    Quite fair,

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