Written by Pavan Kumar on January 6, 2009
Recently it was reported that the two popular torrent sites are being blocked by a trojan spread from fake torrents. The torrent identified as Troj/Qhost-AC was hosted on The Pirate Bay. It was termed as a keygen and the file was a fake one.
The trojan was reported not to behave as normal malwares or spyware, but used to block two popular torrent sites – Mininova and The Pirate Bay.
Solution to Unblock Torrent Sites:
The blocking of Mininova and The Pirate Bay were due to the fact that the trojan edited the hosts file. This kind of behavior was observed with antivirus 2009. Here are simple steps [windows] to unblock the torrent sites:
- Goto C:WindowsSystem32Driversetc – I assume you have installed windows on C drive, if not make proper changes.
- Find the file hosts – Open it with Notepad.
- You will find few entries which to redirect Mininova, The Pirate Bay and Superbay [The Pirate Bay forum] to 127.0.0.1 – localhost – so those sites cannot be accessed from your computer .
- Now, delete those lines related with Mininova and other torrent sites. Now you have unblocked the torrents.
Note: This post is a solution to the problem based on the source report. We are not sure if the trojan runs continuously on your system or is it a one time affection. So, its recommended for you to go through our general virus solutions to clean your system and also keep your antivirus and antispyware softwares updated.
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