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Should I remove hosts?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
67% remove it33% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,007
United States Rank #11,874
Reach 0.0422%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.64 days
609.01 days >
Average installed length: 319.99 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

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What is hosts?

This is a web browser extension and Browser helper Object (for Internet Explorer) that delivers contextual based advertising to the web browser. In addition it will modify the user's browser home and search pages as well as 'New Tab' pages to push advertising and search. The software acts is typically defined as a unwanted application by various malware vendors. The BHO is based on the CrossRider platform for developing toolbars and various cross-browser extensions.


It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named hosts-bho.dll. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 9 files and is usually about 4.47 MB (4,691,993 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
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in hosts.
hosts-bho.dll (8b017e3910261cb0c9d914a6abac5382) has been flagged by the following 18 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1122 Adware.Generic.649205
Avira AntiVir APPL/CrossRider.A
AVG 2015.0.3600 Generic5
Bitdefender Adware.Generic.649205
Bkav FE W32.Clod569.Trojan
Dr.Web Trojan.Crossrider.1
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.649205
ESET-NOD32 8.9257 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.H
F-Secure 11.2014-09-01_5 Adware.Generic.649205
G Data 14.1.22 Adware.Generic.649205
K7 AntiVirus 13.175.10750 Riskware
K7GW 13.175.10750 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
McAfee 5600.7256 Artemis!8B017E391026
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7256 Artemis!8B017E391026
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.649205
Sophos 4.96 Generic PUA FO
Symantec 1/9/2014 rev. 5 Adware.Crossid
VIPRE Antivirus 25156 Crossrider (fs)
       View all 18 all detections
hosts has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hosts
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\hosts\Uninstall.exe /fromcontrolpanel=1
Estimated size: 4.47 MB

Program filesFiles installed by hosts

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

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • 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?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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.
  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) 58%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 67%
Keep it 33%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.19%
Windows 10 19.23%
Windows XP 9.01%
Windows Vista 4.57%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.95%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.19%
Windows 7 Professional 9.30%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.06%
Windows 8 6.76%
Windows 8.1 3.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.70%
  Brazil 4.24%
  Australia 3.55%
  Canada 3.55%
  MA 3.44%
  Indonesia 2.75%
  Saudi Arabia 2.63%
  India 2.29%
  France 2.06%
  Philippines 1.95%
  MK 1.72%
  Croatia 1.72%
  Romania 1.60%
  Poland 1.60%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.57%
Dell 18.65%
Acer 17.62%
ASUS 8.81%
Toshiba 7.43%
Samsung 6.39%
Lenovo 3.80%
Intel 0.86%
MSI 0.86%
American Megatrends 0.52%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.14%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.00%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.57%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.21%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.86%
Dell Inspiron N5050 2.86%

comments2 comments

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Charlesover a year ago
You definitely should remove this SOB. It automatically generates links in the pages you are browsing, linking to suspicious websites, degrading the performance greatly.
user comment
feathersstreetover a year ago
i went to uninstall programs and for some reason it wont delete it and when i go to my chrome extensions it wont let me delete it from there either at least i got it to crash and its not putting ads everywhere