Posted 12-16-2003 at 07:08:57
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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