i have a dell laptop model #PP22L. i know i have a virus because i keep getting popups that tell me im infected and they want me to purchase their software. i ran a hijackthis report and the following info came up. before the scan ran these 2 boxes appeared:
"for some reason your system denied write access to the hosts file, hijackthis may not be able to fix this. if this happens, you need to edit the file yourself. To do this click start, run and type in: notepad C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts and press enter. find the line(s): hijackthis reports and delete them. Save the file as "hosts" (w/quotes) and reboot.
then i clicked on OK and got the next box of information.
"you have a particurlarly large amount of hijacked domains. Its probably better to delete the file itself than to fix each item (and create a backup). If you see the same IP Address in all the reported 01 items, consider deleting your hosts file, which is located at C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts"
the following is the log from hijackthis: i have not done the "fix this" file deletion in hijackthis and will not until i get someones advice. thanks and hope to hear from someone soon.