OT: virus on the wild?

Graham Todd grahamtodd2 at googlemail.com
Sat Jan 24 17:08:53 CET 2009

On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 02:49:40 -0500
Charly Avital <shavital at mac.com> wrote:

> >   Bingo! I found it...
> > http://www.technipages.com/disable-the-firefox-prefetch-setting.html  
> Great, thank you!

When you get a URL such as this (or an IP number), add them at the
bottom of yours hosts file in /etc/hosts and have the IP referencer as

Computers don't actually look up URLs as such, they route them through
DNS servers who gives the computer the IP number and then it connects
with that.  The hosts file cuts this down by making your computer
connect with the IP number listed in the hosts file for a given URL.

By convention, the IP address which your computer recognises as itself
is, and if this were listed in /etc/hosts as the reference
for a "bad" URL, in trying to connect to the URL, your computer would
simply be trying to connect with itself - which kills the attempt to

A good hosts file is a good second line of defence and you can get one
at :


The webpage explains it all.  Add it to the bottom of the
exist /etc/hosts file and comment out (put # at the begining) the line
in which the mvps.org file says:		localhost

Also for a double line of protection, use a filtering proxy such as

Graham Todd

More information about the Gnupg-users mailing list