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10-10-2004, 01:30 PM
A URL, which I did not request nor do I want, keeps replacing my predetermined "Home" page in my Internet Options. when I change it back, this unwanted URL shows up after Three (3) launches of my Internet Explorer. I have cleaned out the cookies, changed the home page URL ( to no avail ), as well as all of the temp files I could find. Needless to say this little bugger made it's way into my system. How do I get rid if it?

Dr. D.




10-10-2004, 01:53 PM
Your browser has been hijacked and your system has become infested with spyware/adware. There are several good programs that can help cleanup your computer as well as defend against future attacks.

Spybot Search and Destroy is one of the best and it's free.


You might also want to check out 'Ad Aware':


Another very good one is 'PestPatrol' (not free)


Last but by no means least "Spysweeper":



Sometimes, if you're using XP you can rid your system of this kind of problem without using any of the above software programs. By using the Windows 'System Restore' feature. It's in 'Programs' - 'Accessories' - 'System tools'. Use System Restore to return your computer to exactly how it was on the day before (week before?) the problem ocurred. Any programs you have installed in the interim will have to be re-installed.

Try some or all of the programs listed above. I have them on my computer and I use them all the time. One will find a problem that the others have missed. In addition, a first rate anti-virus program like the one from Symantec (Norton Anti-Virus 2005) is an absolute must.

Hope this helps.


10-10-2004, 02:08 PM
For me this is what I do.
go to start, run, type in msconfig click OK. Select start up and look for a line that has "regedit" or "reg" in the filename that ends in .tmp. Uncheck it

10-10-2004, 02:36 PM
Dr D,

Like snake said your home page has been hijacked. And you didn't even get off the ground. LOL

Two good programs are CWShredder and McAffe?sp has a program called Stinger. Either one should rid the Hijack but as snake mentioned get Spybot and Adaware. Another is Spyware blaster it stops most before they start.


10-10-2004, 02:40 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Popcorn:</font><hr> For me this is what I do.
go to start, run, type in msconfig click OK. Select start up and look for a line that has "regedit" or "reg" in the filename that ends in .tmp. Uncheck it <hr /></blockquote>

Non of these files exist. The only "reg" found as part of any string does not have the .tmp and is part of a Symantec string.

Dr. D.

10-10-2004, 02:45 PM
Oh, did I mention there all free.

10-10-2004, 03:13 PM
Hey Dr D, which site is it? It happened to me once and i had to go to there web site and click on an uninstall icon. Somehow they installed a web bar to my browser without my permission and the only way to get rid of it was to uninstall it through there site. As Snakebyte mentioned, a good spyware tool might help, ive used adaware and found several spyware programs on my system that it removed. As a bonus my system ran a little smoother afterwards. Be carefull what you uncheck in msconfig/startup. Your system needs some of those to run. Hope this helps

10-10-2004, 03:29 PM
I forgot to mention another of my personal favorites - 'WinPatrol'. This is a great little program. Once installed it will alert you any time a program attempts to make a system change and allow you the option to permit or disallow the change. Winpatrol gives you the power to stop insipient problems BEFORE they become 'sipient'. (free download)

If you had already installed WinPatrol It would have warned you and you could have stopped the hijacker in his tracks.


10-10-2004, 04:08 PM
Thsi isn't just adware, it's a malignant java script that infected your computer. Now you know why anti-virus companies make so much money. Virtually any anti-virus program will rid you of the problem. I like McAfee I don't know what they charge, maybe $30, and it's good for other things too.

If you want to get away for free, besides what some of the others have suggested, you may be able to just go the web-site explorer is resetting your home page to and look for removal software - they usually offer it up if you look.

I do recommend getting the anti-virus software - no telling the grief it might save you in the fuiture. I look at it like a $30 insurance policy. You get upfdates for a year too.


10-10-2004, 04:14 PM
If its any consolation ,you are not alone.


Spyware Turns Many Offline

Lawmakers, tech firms seek cure for programs that hijack hard drives.

10-10-2004, 04:43 PM
I had this happen to me a few months back. I did all the things you have done to no avail. In frustration I cantacted the home page and politely asked them to remove it and to my surprise, they did.

10-10-2004, 11:03 PM
I am fighting the same thing right now! Best Search has taken over my system and its really !#$%ing me off. I clicked on the uninstall at their site (which I almost guarantee installs some spyware that I will have to remove) and it still keeps comming back!

10-11-2004, 06:49 AM
I'm a computer security specialist. If you have WindowsXP I HIGHLY RECOMMEND XP Service Pack 2 with its built in firewall. Get it now. With broadband you should (must) get a hardware router like a Linksys. And NEVER let your anti-virus updates get more than a week old.

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10-15-2004, 03:16 PM
I definitely endorse Spybot S&amp;D, and Lavasoft's Ad-Aware. Another good tool is Hi-Jack This, but you have to manually select what you want removed--there are a lot of sites/forums where you can post an HJT log, and get help as well, but you have to wait for it.

And, as a side note, any of the Windows OS's that support a System Restore work, but I believe you have to set a base, 'restore point' to fall back to when you need it. I don't think just enabling System Restore sets one for you.