Unimportant thing bothering me...
I have an old WinXP machine that I use for testing old crap on and to see if a file is "safe" or not, or to remember what XP looks like for menus and things to fix other PCs running XP (Yeah, I know).
Theres something on it that keeps clearing the HOSTS file. I use the standard one from winhelp2002.mvps.org
with a few dozen other addresses.
All that remains is "127.0.0.1 localhost" (factory) after reboot. I'd only noticed today when I wanted to block some clickbait ads when I was too lazy to boot my laptop to surf. I see nothing on this PC that changes it and its REALLY bothering me.Theres nothing on the PC I care about, its just bothering me that the few things I've found with Google is not the infection I think this PC has. I mean, I dont see ANY infections, nor has Avast/Nod32/Kaspersky/Malware Bytes found anything.
I dont know WHEN this happened, so I doubt its a new 0day I picked up by magic. I see no unknown traffic in Wireshark so I have no clue what the purpose of it is, other than maybe one part of a packaged infection? Any ideas? Where should I look first?
Its driving me crazy...losing sleep over this. Could it just be a Windows error? File creation date is updated to current day every time I reboot
Also, heres a picture of Ed without his glasses.