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Should I remove HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
50% remove it50% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #38,071
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.92 days
540.16 days >
Average installed length: 283.82 days


1.0.2 98.18%

HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares

What is HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares?

Here's a new HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares tools - it will change your HOSTS file to block known addresses to distribute the PUP / LPIS (Software potentiellements side) and adware. The HOSTS file is not overwritten (if you already have addresses), the entries will be added. The few PUPs / LPIS and adware referred Anti-PUPs/Adwares HOSTS:
- Searchqu
- Eorezo / PCTuto ( including address 01net )
- Fake security blogs
- PUPs / adware packages that go by the fake video programs in streaming sites
- False installation sites which distribute SMS scams

Some other addresses like Babylon etc.. If you want to install these programs, do not install HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adware. If you disinfect your PC from your friends, enclosures etc. and you are tired of deleting these programs - HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adware is for you. Do not hesitate to offer the program to your friends in order to protect these programs.


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named hosts_anti-adware.exe. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 840.39 KB (860,555 bytes).
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Installs a Windows Service

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.malekal.com/2012/01/10/hosts-anti-pupsadware
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hosts_anti_adwares_pups
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Hosts_Anti_Adwares_PUPs\HOSTS_Anti-Adware.exe -Uninstall
Estimated size: 840.39 KB

Program filesFiles installed by HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares

Program executable:hosts_anti-adware.exe
Name:HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares
Path:C:\Program Files\hosts_anti_adwares_pups\hosts_anti-adware.exe
Additional files:
  • RogueKillerX64.exe (by Adlice Softwares) - RogueKiller (Anti-malware tool)
  • AdwCleaner.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • HOSTS_Anti-Adware.exe is scheduled as a task named 'HostsGuard'.
  • HOSTS_Anti-Adware.exe runs as a service named 'HOSTS Anti-PUPs' (HOSTS Anti-PUPs).
Startup File (User Run)
  • HOSTS_Anti-Adware.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'HOSTS Anti-PUPs_Adwares' and executes as C:\Program Files\Hosts_Anti_Adwares_PUPs\HOSTS_Anti-Adware.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • HOSTS_Anti-Adware.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HOSTS Anti Adwares' which loads as C:\Program Files\Hosts_Anti_Adwares_PUPs\HOSTS_Anti-Adware.exe.

How do I remove HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares?

You can uninstall HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Anti-PUPs/Adwares.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 7 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 50%
Keep it 50%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.27%
Windows 10 23.64%
Windows XP 7.27%
Windows Vista 1.82%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.55%
Windows 7 Professional 12.73%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.27%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.27%
Windows 8.1 5.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.14% of installs come from France
Which countries install it?
  France 56.14%
  United States 15.79%
  Canada 5.26%
  Italy 5.26%
  Belgium 3.51%
  Spain 3.51%
  Switzerland 1.75%
  India 1.75%
  DZ 1.75%
  Portugal 1.75%
  MG 1.75%
  United Kingdom 1.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 24.39%
Hewlett-Packard 21.95%
Acer 19.51%
Toshiba 9.76%
MSI 4.88%
Medion 4.88%
Dell 2.44%
Samsung 2.44%
Common models
MSI MS-7758 4.55%
ASUSTeK K72JT 4.55%
TOSHIBA Satellite T235D 2.27%
TOSHIBA SATELLITE L775-14... 2.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite C665 2.27%


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