1. Char42's Avatar
    Has anyone experienced a hosts.txt file showing up in their downloads - unrooted device?
    12-15-2018 07:05 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    No, have you looked at it to see what's in it? That's not any kind of "standard" file. hosts is a file in /etc. that's used as a "first line" of the DNS, but hosts.txt might be a hosts file that's been renamed (all it would have is 127.0.0.1 and 1 as entries). Or it could be something entirely different.
    12-16-2018 12:01 PM
  3. krisqz's Avatar
    I would suspect an internet browser or download accelerator of you use any.
    12-16-2018 12:31 PM
  4. Char42's Avatar
    No, have you looked at it to see what's in it? That's not any kind of "standard" file. hosts is a file in /etc. that's used as a "first line" of the DNS, but hosts.txt might be a hosts file that's been renamed (all it would have is 127.0.0.1 and 1 as entries). Or it could be something entirely different.
    I didn't open it ; in the event that it's malware. Yeah I figured it would be in some sort of directory and not in the downloads section. I will try & open it the next time - I catch it.

    Hopefully no backdoor, or rogue malware editing the host file for redirect reasons. Does anyone have a good traffic / network monitoring app for unrooted devices?
    12-16-2018 02:44 PM
  5. Char42's Avatar
    I would suspect an internet browser or download accelerator of you use any.
    DuckDuckGo/Via Browser - Internet Browser - maybe.
    12-16-2018 02:49 PM
  6. Rukbat's Avatar
    A .txt file can't be malware if you open it in a text editor. Even if it's some sort of malware, a text editor isn't going to execute it. It's like sprinkling cyanide inside your tire - it won't poison you. Just don't tap the text file when you're in a file manager - it could be something else. Open it from inside a text editor.
    12-16-2018 03:05 PM
  7. Char42's Avatar
    A .txt file can't be malware if you open it in a text editor. Even if it's some sort of malware, a text editor isn't going to execute it. It's like sprinkling cyanide inside your tire - it won't poison you. Just don't tap the text file when you're in a file manager - it could be something else. Open it from inside a text editor.
    Ok will do - next time I see it
    12-16-2018 03:20 PM
  8. 100 Watt Walrus's Avatar
    DuckDuckGo/Via Browser - Internet Browser - maybe.
    Just found this thread while googling for why hosts.txt keeps turning up in /download/. We have Via Browser in common. It's such a weird little browser that this correlation alone makes me suspect it's the culprit — although I still don't know what triggers it to create a hosts file. I just chuck them out when I see them. They're usually 0.0kb and empty anyway.
    01-30-2019 04:03 PM

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