My Windows XP hosts file has been tampered with, and I can't fix it. This is particularly bad because whatever tampered with the hosts file left these:
... 126.96.36.199 www.google.com 188.8.131.52 google.com 184.108.40.206 google.com.au 220.127.116.11 www.google.com.au 18.104.22.168 google.be 22.214.171.124 www.google.be ...
If I understand this correctly the hosts file is responsible for mapping IP addresses to names, correct? It appears that someone went through the effort of mapping google (all languages), bing and yahoo all to one ip address but whatever server my google searches were being routed to has been taken down, thus cutting me off from any form of search engine whatsoever. I had to log in to Super User with my Wordpress account just so I could post this.
I've tried manually deleting those lines from the hosts file but for some reason I'm unable to save it. I'm running as Administrator right now, and I've tried this in safe mode as well, nothing I've tried works. It's worth mentioning now that I disabled System Restore. Could anyone help?
edit: I've already tried running AV and anti-malware, Spybot S&D couldn't touch the hosts file either.