Warning message when you run Webroot Spy Sweeper and Microsoft Windows Defender on the same computer: "Possible Hosts File Hijack (Medium Alert)"

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SYMPTOMS

When you run Webroot Spy Sweeper and Microsoft Windows Defender on the same computer, you may receive the following warning message from Windows Defender:
Possible Hosts File Hijack (Medium Alert)
You receive this message when the Common Ad Sites/Blocked Web Sites Shield option in Webroot Spy Sweeper is enabled.

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem when you are expecting changes to the Hosts file, let the changes occur. To do this, click Ignore in the Windows Defender Warning dialog box that contains the warning message.

MORE INFORMATION

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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Article ID: 919290 - Last Review: September 28, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
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  • Windows Defender
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