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Unwanted start up pages
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Redneck    Posted 12-15-2003 at 11:55:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think someone has already addressed this, but how can I get rid of the taking over of my homepage? I have reset several times,it is still coming up and almost always goes to the blue stop screen.

Redneck    Posted 12-16-2003 at 15:49:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I run adware, haven't tried spybot yet. Webcounter is listed as spy ware but since I run 98, I'm having trouble getting it to stay off my home page. Will try what yall said,thanks!

ratface    Posted 12-16-2003 at 08:55:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its terribly annoying. You're infected with spyware. I think it's at epidemic proportions. Although not a virus it's a pain in the butt. Download spybot as suggested, its free. It will allow you to lock some settings.
My start up page is yesterdays tractors and it drove me crazy trying to figure out what was going on. Blamed the kids and wife for changing my start page. Funny how you get this infection and then one of the pop-ups offers to get rid of it for $39.00. Extortion?????

Kat in NJ    Posted 12-16-2003 at 07:08:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Couple of things to try:

One is to disable your Windows Messenger Service. This will not affect your ability to do Instant Messaging. If you have Windows 98 or ME, you won't be able to shut this off; but if you have Windows 2000, XP or NT:

Click Start/Settings/Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services -- Scroll down services and highlight "Messenger." Right-click and then choose Properties. Click the Stop button. Alternatively, click through on Messenger and select "Disable."

To check what your homepage default is, click on: My Computer/Control Panel/Internet Option/General/Home Page (should be the top selection out of three) -- set the URL to what you want it to be and save as the default.

And I agree with the person below who suggested Ad-Aware! I just loaded the free version of this and run it every time I end an internet session. You can't begin to imagine what it catches. Its written by Lavasoft in Sweden -- just do a Google on Ad-Aware and you'll hit a bunch of places where you can download for free. Definitely worth it!

Kat in NJ

walt    Posted 12-15-2003 at 14:12:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Give some more detail..What Windows version? What browser version? What's the page?

dig    Posted 12-15-2003 at 15:45:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you updated your virus software lately? And run it?
Have you run Ad-Aware or Spybot?

~Lenore    Posted 12-16-2003 at 11:11:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
My ISP Accademic Planet has taken over my start up page
and I do not know how to get rid of it!!!

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