View Full Version : Can't update my Hosts file

04-05-2010, 12:13 PM
I'm trying to add an entry to block an ad site in my Hosts file. The error message I get is:

Access to C\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc\Hosts was denied

How come, and how can I get around this?

Windows Vista Home Premium. Never had this problem in XP.

Speedy Gonzales
04-05-2010, 12:15 PM
Kill UAC. Its one cause of access denied errors

04-05-2010, 12:15 PM
Try running notepad as administrator. If that doesn't work try using malwarebytes' file delete utility to remove it, reboot and windows will re-create it, hopefully that will change the permissions.

04-05-2010, 12:18 PM
Thanks. Speedy, please remind me how to kill UAC? Pretty sure I did it before.

Wratterus, yeah all my apps i run are as administrator.

{edit} Speedy - I figured it out, thx.

Speedy Gonzales
04-05-2010, 12:22 PM
Control panel / user accounts / bottom option

04-05-2010, 12:32 PM
Thx again Speedy. Worked a treat - one of the forums I visit is now loading so much faster.


Speedy Gonzales
04-05-2010, 03:22 PM
Sweet ! I had to kill it, because foxit wouldnt update. It kept on giving me access denied errors too (on Vista and Windows 7)