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    Question Internet Explorer Home Page Being Altered !
    Internet Explorer Home Page Being Altered !

    Whenever i go to interent option to change it back to original my home page, in the next browser open again, i discovered that the default homepage is altered again to another weburl

    Pls help me by let me know where can i fix my system to correct this for good.


    Thanks a lot

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    What's the other web url.

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    Sounds like spyware or adware on your system. Just doing a scan of your PC.
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    h*tp://tm286.comÍ/

    h*tp://99244.com


    t changed to *

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    Scan your computer, you got something. Weird page, looks like Chinese or Taiwanese.

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    use which tool to scan ?

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    Someone's been on some naughty sites...

    Sounds like spyware to me. Best of luck. There's three or four techniques they use to keep themselves installed, and the worst ones use every available technique. My brother caught one that none of the major packages would remove. It took me half a day to manually remove it. I kept finding other ways it would reinstall itself, and kept having to go back to step one.
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    >> half a day to manually remove it

    take long time to figure out what to do ?
    i wish i can just remove it manually

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    It's easiest to try the various free antispyware packages first. It can be a pain to manually remove them.

    From what I remember, the spyware he had reinstalled itself in the following ways:

    1) A memory-resident program that checked to see if it was uninstalled and reinstalled itself. Use control-Alt-Delete and kill all of these.
    2) Changed the IE start page to an internal link that reinstalled itself.
    3) Several auto-run things from various versions of windows, including the Startup folder, autorun= and autoload= in win.ini (or is it system.ini?), etc.
    4) Possibly some registry entries. I can't remember.

    Plus, it complicated things by using random directories and filenames for itself every time.

    What made it so time-consuming was that it took quite a few tries before I disabled everything without hitting one of the things that reinstalled it. Plus, I had to reboot, reload IE, and test each time, because some of the exploits reinstalled after rebooting or when reloading IE.
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    Will opening a wrong email can cause this too ??


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    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...e/default.mspx

    this software keep asking me for Window service pack 2 before allowing to install, but i have go to

    http://update.microsoft.com/microsof....aspx?ln=en-us

    to do an update, still got that error message when try to click install

    any other good tools to suggest that can help?

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    Yes, bad emails can be a problem too. Do you have a firewall and antivirus running? A couple other freebies are AdAware and Hijack This. When I know something bad is installed, I will run 2 or 3 or 4 removal programs to find it. So far, I haven't seen 1 that will remove all of them. Check out lavasoft.com for AdAware and http://www.download.com/HijackThis/3...-10227353.html for HijackThis
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    The first two things I install on any new computer in our house are:

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    thanks i will try them one by one

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    Your pc is infected with a "browser hijacker". Hijackthis should do the trick as Greg Rice pointed out.

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    Having done the most hideously infested system from friend's family members and clients ... here's the scoop. Always try your scanning system with a anti-virus program. Try to update it. If it updates and you trust it..run scan in deep detail mode to see if the Trojans haven't throlled it. Reboot and if you have XP go to Microsoft and get complete OneCare Beta with new Defender (updated MS Anti-Spyware). Register if needbe to get in Beta Program. (Once out of Beta you get 3 liscenses for only $20/yr). Run it and watch it kill some Adwhores.

    If older OS then download AVG anti-virus and install with all update options over the top of the other anti-virus program. Then download Ad-aware with latest updates. Next step: Boot into safe mode and run 1st AVG full scan. Then Ad-aware.... all in safe mode.

    Then install ZONEALARM and keep them all up to date while surfing. Id Add SpyBot S&D but the booger's immunization step blocks network cookies by default now! LINKS to all are at www.ecomcity.com/news.htm
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    One of my neighbor's continously complains about his computer being "a piece of crap" and "it always runs slow" and I always sit down right behind him and clean up a ton of crap he and/or his wife has let be installed. They never listen to me and repeatedly format and reinstall and never reinstall the programs I try to keep on their computer. They always ask how come I never have anything on my computer. *smack*

    Over the weekend I actually found one called "IEHijacker". No sense trying to disguise it I guess.

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    My favorite is Spyware Doctor, for cleaning this type of stuff.

    Other good ones are AdAware, Norton Antivirus, and Trojan Remover. All but AdAware cost money, but if they keep you from one episode like this it's worth it.

    Ecomcity mentioned a key tip: Run whatever "cleanup" software you have in Safe Mode! Best to run two or three different programs while in Safe Mode, all before ever rebooting into normal mode!

    I've had a couple of instances of multiple-copy installs where you kill one copy and the other copy notices it's gone and rebuilds it, and vice-versa. Running in Safe Mode is the only way to kill those.

    If you don't get it all and go back to normal mode it can rebuild itself all over again.
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    for win xp,
    how to re-boot in safe mode ?

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    You can download a free Personal version of Ad-Adware from Lavasoft. It has helped me many time to get rid of spywares.


    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrindavan
    for win xp,
    how to re-boot in safe mode ?
    Press f8 during the start up and you will get "advanced options". That should bring you to boot menu & select safe mode.

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    Thanks Mellie for your instruction


    i tried Ad-Aware first, no help
    then i tried Browser Hijack Recover

    ok now and thanks all ABWers

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    The first two things I install on any new computer in our house are:

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