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Keep loosing my home page
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Don in FL    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:39:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
in Internet Explorer under tools and internet options I have my home page set to However, everytime I turm my machine off and turn it back on and open up IE my home page changes to another one. I have done a virus scan and a spybot rebooted the machine and it still soes it. Can any one offer a soluton to this problem...Thanks

Don    Posted 04-07-2004 at 18:04:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks guys, I havent solved the problem completly but the sites you gave me has helped some. I will keep working on it.

deadcarp    Posted 04-07-2004 at 17:34:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have win 98, you know that "E" you click to go online? (The one on the actual dsktop, not the in the taskbar down below) Well click it with your RIGHT mouse button, choose "properties" and a window will come up where you can change your homepage. Then you can paste in whatever ya want and it will stay there. :)

walt    Posted 04-07-2004 at 20:06:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unfortunately there are alot of hijack trojans/worms that won't get fixed via that. Each time you reboot, they come back. Keep current with windows updates, run Spybot/Adaware. Just make sure you continually update them before you use them.

walt    Posted 04-07-2004 at 15:57:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might have a very nasty hijacker called "coolweb". Here's a link for the Coolweb Shredder. Run it and post back if the other suggestions or this helped.

Linda in UT    Posted 04-07-2004 at 14:20:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spybot should have found the problem, but go in and clean out your cookies, too. Sometimes there is a persistent cookie that will continue to change your home page.

You might be interested in trying cookie wall from At least when a site tries to set a cookie on my computer, cookie wall will tell me and give me the option of whether to accept that cookie or not. I'm always surprised when I leave a site and a few minutes later cookie wall tells me that site is still trying to set a cookie on my computer.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:44:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Download and run weekly a small freeware program called AdAware...

You either have adware or spyware in your box that is hijacking your browser...

I usually recommend SpyBot, but their latest DL for include updates seems to have some issues and I would stay away from it for a while...

~Lenore ?    Posted 04-07-2004 at 14:26:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I run Adaware.
It identifies folders.
Then what do I do?

Steve from Tn    Posted 04-07-2004 at 15:20:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, after you run Adaware and it identifies the spyware stuff, click next and then right click and choose select all. Shoot, it forget after you select all but it is pretty much self explanatory. I ran it last week. Sometimes, I have to call my boy to ask him what to do next.

~Lenore    Posted 04-07-2004 at 15:24:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Steve & Bob, I appreciate the help.
Heaven knows I need all I can get.
I had run it and then just could not figure what to do with it. LOL
Steve, it is nice to know I am not the only one;
I usually have to call my daughter and ask. ;-)

Bob    Posted 04-07-2004 at 15:17:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right click the open "checkbox" at the upper LH side of the list of files AdAware has identifed. There will be a dropdown menu. Select "delete all".

PS...    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:45:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stay away from the sites that are changing your browser ;-)


rhouston    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:49:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
He's right on the money Here's a link to Adaware the best I've seen on a home computer is 879 spyware items removed.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:50:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here too...


rhouston    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:50:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
But I ain't on the ball

here is the link for real

LOL...    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:51:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was right behind you...


Tag...You're it...


jeanette    Posted 04-07-2004 at 15:04:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
that spyware almost wrecked our old computer. some of that stuff you just can't get rid of.

LesWV    Posted 04-07-2004 at 17:48:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You do not need a SpyWare program to get rid of spy ware.

Start by opening the Internet Options
View Files
View (in tool bar)
Folder Options
Click "Show All Files"

Refreash your cookies.

Select All

The most aggresive Spy Ware is "My Search". It will get into your Registery Edit and make its home.
You will need to go into Regedit to completely get rid of it.

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