What is HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main
HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares process itself does not provide any dependable information about its developer or its associated software.

Description: HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 302,961 bytes. 
There is no file information. The HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Malekal provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares).

Recommended: Identify HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Blocking Unwanted Connections HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares allows the filtering of addresses distributing these potentially unwanted programs.
A HOSTS Anti-PUPs/Adwares tool. Has now been abandoned. It will change your HOSTS file to block known addresses to distribute the PUP / LPIS and adware. The HOSTS file is not overwritten (if you already have addresses), the entries will be added.
  nanomatrix   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the HOSTS_Anti-Adware_main.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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