Question re Hijack this entry - Internet Security, Proxy Override

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Subject: Question re Hijack this entry - Internet Security, Proxy Override
Posted by:  ozegirl (ozegi…@discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009

Hi,

I don't  have a problem - just a question. I'm learning to interpret Hijack
this entries and would appreciate comment on the following entry:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
Settings,ProxyOverride = http://localhost;

From what I understand, proxy override overrides any proxy server that has
been set, so in this case the http:// request is instead redirected to local
host - which is the computer sending the request.....? Is this right?
Does this mean that the request would just loop back to the originating
computer - in which case you would get "page not found" ???  or is the
implication that it sets the local computer up as a server??? I'm not really
sure what it means. I have seen hijack this fixes in forums where some people
leave it as not needing to be fixed and others who insist it is fixed.
Someone I asked said it was a "bad thing" but I would liek to understand why.

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