F-Secure modifies hosts file?

Scholar

F-Secure modifies hosts file?

When I started my puter today F-secure was boasting about removing all sorts of trojans (I'd carefully added all these false positives to my previous antivir's exception list), it's a shame F-Secure is so overzealous when it comes to trainers, keygens and whatnot. Anyway, I can live with that (although if this keeps up I'm switching back to ESET) but what I really did NOT like is F-Secure messing with my hosts file; I've blocked Facebook servers through my hosts file so that bloody FB "Like button" spyware doesn't appear everywhere, and F-secure seemingly deleted it under the pretense of "Redirected_hosts_file", which I assume it does because it's been modified... by me. Anyhow, do I have to add the HOSTS file to F-Secure exception list for it to stop messing about or can I just re-do my hosts file as admin without worrying it'll detect my modifications as nefarious malware?
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Superuser

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

exclude it from scanning!

 

Matthias
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Novice

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

Does this apply to the Mac Anti-Virus also? I too have a modified hosts file that I edit using Gas Mask. i haven't installed fsmac.dmg yet so I'ld like to know before I do.
Scholar

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

A simple antivirus for Mac PC will do. They are not prone to so much viruses anyway.

Scholar

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

I have same problem and i want to restore my old hosts file. I'm developer and i had much records in this file. What i should do?

Supporter

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

If theres a false positive or a virus not detected or something, report it: https://analysis.f-secure.com/portal/login.html

 

Thats a no-brainer, just complaining isnt very helpful.

Senior Advisor

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

next time keep a backup copy Smiley Very Happy
Scholar

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

I have no fun with this. Actualy a have a backup copy, but the problem here is that this program even didn't warn me that will modify this file. This is unacceptable.

Senior Advisor

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

You had settings set to "don't disturb you"
I mean, by default AV handles malware without telling you(except if it can't decide, then it asks you).

My recommendation is to set settings to "always ask".
Supporter

Re: F-Secure modifies hosts file?

I dont think you understand what he's talking about...