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Home Page Keeps Getting Reset?

My home page keeps getting reset to a different web search. I have run AD-Aware 6.0 and Spybot both. I have deleted all temp files and searched files in the computer. I can change the home page setting and open another page and it changes back. Is there someplace or way to fix this. I did the search and tried everything I saw talked about. Nothing seems to work. Is there a way to get to where IE sets this??
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mine does the same thing! even when i go to tools- internet options- then manually type it in it still goes back to the old one, i have no idea why it does it, if you find out how to fix it let me know, and ill do the same. BTW im running windows 98

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mine does the same thing! even when i go to tools- internet options- then manually type it in it still goes back to the old one, i have no idea why it does it, if you find out how to fix it let me know, and ill do the same. BTW im running windows 98
Same here. I change it. It comes back. I am running Windows 98 too. Its begining to piss me off......lol
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same problem here windows xp on mine
drives me crazy
also when i do a yahoo search or altavista it pops up with a "searchcompany" on the same topic
some one help!

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Mine did that as well. I ran msconfig from the run prompt and turned off everything under startup that I didnt recognize. Ran ad-aware and it hasnt happened since.
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mine does the same dam thing, i dont even bother changing it back cause i know it will just go back to the same dam thing every day...




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Exclamation try this:

Delete EVERY entry in the registry that has that reappearing URL in it.
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Re: try this:

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Delete EVERY entry in the registry that has that reappearing URL in it.
OK....I will be the first to ask. Where do you find the registry?? lol

I have gone through all the files I would think it would have hide something in. Normally when you manually go into the temp files and delete stuff that nothing else will make go away it fixes pop-ups that keep coming back. But this thing has got me. I just knew I had got it last night. But when I rebooted, it came right back. I am surprise the computer still works from all the files I have deleted trying to find this thing. lol
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the registry is the working "blueprint" of your operating system

go to start -> run -> then type 'regedit' or with win98 'regedit32' (i think)

The registry editor will appear. Do a Search or Find from the file menu on that URL. Start at the top of the tree and use the 'find next' feature until you have parsed the entire registry. You will probably find several instances of it.

Be sure to only delete those keys or values that have the offending URL in them.

It goes without saying but I will mention here anyway; Be very careful when modifying the registry.

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Check also your installed programs. My wifes 98 pc had gotten some kind of shopping helper crap loaded that was changing her default page and I had to kill that and regedit out all the stuff from startup that didnt need to be there.

Not to mention adaware and virus scanning.
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yea you all have spyware on your computer would advised bulletsoft they make a program that fixed mine, still have to go through and clean out windows but at least it did fix the problem
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make sure you have the latest updates on your spyware killas


and stay off the mail order hooker sites there bud ;-)
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and stay off the mail order hooker sites there bud ;-)
Have all the updates.....And where else you gonna get a fine woman??
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Re: the registry is the working "blueprint" of your operating system

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go to start -> run -> then type 'regedit' or with win98 'regedit32' (i think)

The registry editor will appear. Do a Search or Find from the file menu on that URL. Start at the top of the tree and use the 'find next' feature until you have parsed the entire registry. You will probably find several instances of it.

Be sure to only delete those keys or values that have the offending URL in them.

It goes without saying but I will mention here anyway; Be very careful when modifying the registry.
OK. Did that. It found it. I deleted it. It still comes back.. Next ideal?? Someplace else to look??

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hmmm- that should have done it. Mine had six or more instances of it. Did yours only have one? YOu might want to recheck it.

Also like someone else had mentioned, ck the add/remove programs and make sure there is no bullshit installed that you weren't area of. My girlfriend had all sorts of bullshit that she swore she never installed like "dealfinder" and "bonus tracker"

If nothing else, you might try System Restore. It has worked for me before when all else had failed
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hmmm- that should have done it. Mine had six or more instances of it. Did yours only have one? YOu might want to recheck it.

Also like someone else had mentioned, ck the add/remove programs and make sure there is no bullshit installed that you weren't area of. My girlfriend had all sorts of bullshit that she swore she never installed like "dealfinder" and "bonus tracker"

If nothing else, you might try System Restore. It has worked for me before when all else had failed

Yo Mike,

This sounds like exactly what mine was. I had to to make the process not startup on boot. Once that was complete, then I did what you said above and cleaned the registry. That along with ad-aware fixed the issue. When I run msconfig, under start up there were several items that I didnt recognize. They would either have spaces as the name, or they had ascii characters.
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Easy Fix: Dump the hard drive,
and reload your operating system. Thats what I did and it works fine. Just dont click yes or ok on those porno site pop ups those will get ya every time. some of them you have to do Ctrl+Alt+Delete to get them to close.

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well, I'm about out of cards here....

but try what Gary was talking about using the 'msconfig' command at the run line. Under the 'Startup' tab disable or uncheck any of the services that aren't labeled or that you can't otherwise identify. There arent that many, mine only had 10.

Also, I found a lot of material on the web regarding hijacked browsers. Seems like everybody including AOL is at it now putting their adware and home pages settings n your browser when you install their software.

I am curious though - what is the URL that you keep getting sent back to? Please PM me with it so no one goes there and gets infected as well.
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hmmm- that should have done it. Mine had six or more instances of it. Did yours only have one? YOu might want to recheck it.

Also like someone else had mentioned, ck the add/remove programs and make sure there is no bullshit installed that you weren't area of. My girlfriend had all sorts of bullshit that she swore she never installed like "dealfinder" and "bonus tracker"

If nothing else, you might try System Restore. It has worked for me before when all else had failed
Mike. I think I have found something. I use netzero 99 percent of the time. I did an update from them about the time this happened.
Tonight I had trouble getting on with them, so I used the backup. That is AT&T worldnet. I dont have the same home page from them I had with netzero.
Netzero has something called "seach the stex" which goes to "Go Go web search.
AT&T goes to fast-web-search.
If I change that to yahoo it comes back just like the netzero one does.
So is the internet provider causing this to happen this way. If so is there a way to fix that?

Not being a computer person. I can still screw one up real good!!! LOL

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Re: well, I'm about out of cards here....

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but try what Gary was talking about using the 'msconfig' command at the run line. Under the 'Startup' tab disable or uncheck any of the services that aren't labeled or that you can't otherwise identify. There arent that many, mine only had 10.

Also, I found a lot of material on the web regarding hijacked browsers. Seems like everybody including AOL is at it now putting their adware and home pages settings n your browser when you install their software.

I am curious though - what is the URL that you keep getting sent back to? Please PM me with it so no one goes there and gets infected as well.
See the post above if you didnt read it.
I have a whole bunch of things running in startup. I dont know what should and shouldnt be there?? I tried to copy and paste it but it doesnt let me do that. So I dont know what needs to run and not??
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ok while you are in their don't worry about unchecking the wrong thing you can always go back into safe mode and check them all, some advice while playing with msconfig is to get everything from the program that you are removing, programs like norton have a ton of shit in their just get it all look at where the program is located if that normaly helps, also anything that system is probley good to leave in, user is stuff that you installed you can take all that shit out. if you have questions post up the app someone can probley tell you what it is from or if it is important or not
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I have a whole bunch of things running in startup. I dont know what should and shouldnt be there?? I tried to copy and paste it but it doesnt let me do that. So I dont know what needs to run and not??
There have been several suggestions here on how to fix the problem manually; maybe the best solution is to use one of the products out there that scans for this stuff to take some of the risk out of tinkering with the registry and MSCONFIG.

Make sure your browser has all the updates and current Service Packs. MS is patching the IE product with some regularity now so DL the latest greatest patches and SP's

I did a google search and found PLENTY of good resources. Here is one with links to two tools other than Ad-Aware 6. It also has a better step-by-step process if the tools don't work.

http://www.spywareinfo.com/articles/hijacked/

ck it out and let us know how it goes
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There have been several suggestions here on how to fix the problem manually; maybe the best solution is to use one of the products out there that scans for this stuff to take some of the risk out of tinkering with the registry and MSCONFIG.

Make sure your browser has all the updates and current Service Packs. MS is patching the IE product with some regularity now so DL the latest greatest patches and SP's

I did a google search and found PLENTY of good resources. Here is one with links to two tools other than Ad-Aware 6. It also has a better step-by-step process if the tools don't work.

http://www.spywareinfo.com/articles/hijacked/

ck it out and let us know how it goes
OK. Thanks guys, I will see what I can find out next.
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Update: I made the go-go web search go away. Not sure how?? lol
But I still have the at&t web search. Plus I have made another problem. When there is a link posted on a site. When I click on it it will not forward me to the site. What did I turn off that caused that problem??
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