Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

So I ran into something that kind of worried me today. Lately my computer has been kind of slow and I'm dealing with that, but today when I opened Facebook in Google Chrome, I noticed a message in the bottom left corner while it was loading the site that said "Waiting for localhost". It was brief and I managed to notice it because my computer is slower than it used to & it caused Chrome to hang briefly, long enough for me to read it.

As I'm quite confident in that Facebook isn't running on my localhost, I'm wondering what could potentially make Chrome wait for localhost while I'm loading webpages from external servers. Is there a malware of some kind that I should be worrying about?

Unfortunately I have no other information than this to go on, and I have no idea how to further investigate this, if it generated any logs or whatever.

I'd appreciate any help in figuring out this matter!

share|improve this question

migrated from webapps.stackexchange.com Aug 19 at 15:56

This question came from our site for power users of web applications.

    
Have you tried running something like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware? –  pnuts Aug 19 at 11:17
    
Probably a victim of phishing. –  Shahar Aug 19 at 14:38
    
Are you accessing Facebook through secure connection? (https:// in the address bar, padlock icon that says everything's fine when clicked) –  gronostaj Aug 19 at 16:02
    
I'll be sure to give Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware a go & keep you posted on the progress, pnuts! And indeed I'm accessing Facebook through https://, and it does say that everything is fine. That is why it confounds me that the browser insists on waiting for "localhost" for some reason. –  Tenaar Aug 19 at 19:24
1  
Check "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts" file. If you see a line like 127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com there's your problem. –  Jimadine Sep 7 at 8:58

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.