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Should I remove hosts?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26,354
United States Rank #28,956
Reach 0.0070%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.13 days
505.23 days >
Average installed length: 265.46 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%


What is hosts?

This is an unwanted web browser extension that delivers search hijacking as well as contextual advertising within a user's web browser. The program does this by modifying the user's home and search pages in order to monetize search activities. By installing a Browser Helper Object (BHO) in Internet Explorer, the extension has the ability to monitor and track a user web browsing activities and display various banner and link-context ads in addition to its search redirection.


It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named hosts-bg.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 10 files and is usually about 3.65 MB (3,831,587 bytes).

This browser extension utilizes Crossrider framework, a cross-browser toolbar/plugin platform used to develop, deploy and monetize web browser toolbars for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Crossrider extension provide monetization options, mostly potentially unwanted apps, for toolbars including coupons, search assistant (home page and search hijacking) and in-text contextual advertising. Many adware programs (defined by a number of anti-virus vendors) are built using Crossrider as it provides a quick an easy way to deploy ad-supported features that will assist in browser search hijacking.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Uses the Crossrider toolbar framework
  • During install it may hijack/modify the browser's homepage and search provider
  • Runs disconnected from the browser as a background process
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in hosts.
hosts-bho.dll (b37394fcbe121bcec2acd9cbd0c3e047) has been flagged by the following 24 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1120 Adware.Generic.602111
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.Lyckriks
AVG 2015.0.3598 Generic5
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Lyckriks.aif
Bitdefender Adware.Generic.602111
Bkav FE W32.Clodd68.Trojan
Dr.Web Trojan.Crossrider.7
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.602111
ESET-NOD32 8.9256 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.H
Fortinet FortiGate 1/11/2014 Adware/Lyckriks
G Data 14.1.22 Adware.Generic.602111
K7 AntiVirus 13.175.10750 Riskware
K7GW 13.175.10750 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Lyckriks
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7254 Artemis!B37394FCBE12
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7254 Artemis!B37394FCBE12
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.602111
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Lyckriks.cqrozn
Sophos 4.96 Generic PUA OM
Symantec 1/11/2014 rev. 7 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.R0C1H07JH13
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Lyckriks
VIPRE Antivirus 25150 Crossrider (fs)
       View all 24 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hosts
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\hosts\Uninstall.exe /fromcontrolpanel=1
Estimated size: 3.65 MB

Program filesFiles installed by hosts

Program executable:hosts-bg.exe
hosts exe
Path:C:\Program Files\hosts\hosts-bg.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) hosts-bho.dll - hosts (hosts BHO)
  • hosts-bho64.dll
  • hosts-buttonutil.exe - hosts exe
  • hosts-buttonutil64.exe
  • hosts-codedownloader.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - hosts Installer
  • hosts-buttonutil64.dll
  • hosts-buttonutil.dll
  • hosts-helper.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • hosts-bho64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'hosts' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110311531182} (CrossriderApp0035382).
  • hosts-bho.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'hosts' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110311531182} (CrossriderApp0035382).

How do I remove hosts?

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Or, you can uninstall hosts from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program hosts, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove hosts.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by hosts you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win XP 1%
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.14%
Windows 8 32.65%
Windows Vista 6.12%
Windows XP 4.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.78%
Windows 8.1 20.41%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.22%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.12%
Windows 7 Professional 5.10%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.37%
  Australia 6.86%
  Canada 6.86%
  France 6.86%
  Sweden 5.88%
  Belgium 4.90%
  Spain 3.92%
  United Kingdom 3.92%
  Netherlands 3.92%
  Argentina 1.96%
  Brazil 1.96%
  Czech Republic 1.96%
  Italy 1.96%
  New Zealand 1.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.51%
Acer 14.81%
ASUS 12.35%
Toshiba 11.11%
Dell 6.17%
Lenovo 6.17%
Medion 2.47%
Samsung 2.47%
Packard Bell 2.47%
Intel 1.23%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.49%
HP ENVY m6 Notebook PC 3.37%
ASUSTeK K53E 3.37%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.25%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.25%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.25%


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