404 errors are driving me to the nut house.!!

Rocky30741 - Aug 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM
 Rocky30741 - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Hello, ok here is the dumest question in the world. My IE 8 will not allow me to go to some websites,such as google or others. Here is my problem it keeps giving me a "404 ERROR PAGE NOT FAOUND"...so then I hit the refresh and it is still there...grrrr. i have tried all that i no what to do..now I come unto the GODS of techs. please help a idiot like me to fix this pc...i am running xp pro/ ie 8/ service pak 4 ...just remebered something else when i go to download something like a SP it tells me i need another one,? DUH that is what i am trying to download

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Anonymous User
Aug 29, 2011 at 12:09 AM
PROBLEM:host file has been hijacked

Step 1:


Run this fixit to reset hosts

but most of the time this is not going to fix IT

Step 2:

GO Here


Hosts files will be hidden normally.

Click on tools -folders options-click on the view tab-scroll down
now select show hidden files and uncheck ''hide protected operating system files''

this should make your hosts file visible

Right click on your hosts file -properties-uncheck the read only option

Now try to open hosts file and remove unwanted entries.

You can have look here,how a clean hosts file should be for specific OS


YOU cant UNCHECK THE read only option most of the times,you may receive ACCESS DENIED error

open command prompt as administrator and run these two commands

cd C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc

cacls hosts /p Everyone:F

press y after this command,now you can uncheck the read only option,edit hosts file and remove unwanted entries.


HIJACK THIS from trend micro can also be used
wow this worked like a charm....it was a little hairy but i did it so "THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP"!!!!. Your the best place when a idiot like me has a problem with his pc......