How do I exclude modified hosts files from scanning?
A modified hosts file may trigger a detection (Redirected hosts file), even if you have intentionally modified the hosts file entry manually or with a program. The scanning engine in our security products are not able to tell if entries in the hosts file were modified on purpose or by malicious software.
To exclude the hosts file from scanning in the future, you need to exclude the file from the detection prompt itself:
- On the detection prompt, select I Want To Decide.
- From the drop-down menu, select Exclude The Spyware From Scan.
- Click OK.
The hosts file is then excluded from subsequent scanning and appears in the security product's Excluded Applications list.