hosts.deny and other files are restored when I don't want them to be
I'm using Mandrake 8.2, and I'm beginning to regret it's "ease of use" because what changes I make to the system, Mandrake undoes for me. For instance, I change the /etc/hosts.deny file to allow all connections but Mandrake changes it back for me, allowing only localhost to utilize the net servers. Also, if I change the value from 1 to 0 in the file /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_all, after every reboot Mandrake annoyingly changes it back to 1 for me so I can't ping it to see if things for working. How do I tell Mandrake to stop this nonsense?