[24hoursupport] Fwd: Re: Browser hijacker

  • From: Paul King <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 18:50:07 -0800

 
I just revisited the MS AntiSpyware Tool and found the answer. In Advanced 
Options there is a button labeled Browser Hijack Settings Restore. This 
brings up a window listing all browser settings in your system (XP in my 
case) and lets you check any or all for removal. It did the trick for me 
and I recommend it for trial by everyone. It's free (Beta 1) until July and 
then it's anyone's guess if Microsoft will begin charging for it.

Interesting that the hijacker immediately put up a box noting that the a 
change to Google was imminent and urging me to reinstate about:blank as my 
opening page. Instead I chose to block it for good.

PK

>I wrote earlier:
>
>Right. I always set my home page to www.google.com. Whatever has invaded my
>computer has changed this setting to about:blank. I have three Spyware
>programs on my computer and none restore my google setting or allow me to
>restore it. HiJack This, a small free utility usually kicks out the invader
>in a hurry. Not this time.
>
>I downloaded the new freebie MS AntiSpyware tool now in beta some time ago,
>but tried it for the first time today. It also revealed a browser hijacker
>in my system (about:blank), but failed to remove it. New malware is getting
>smarter about foiling removal tools.
>
>Unless I can find aid on the web, I'm going to try reinstalling MS Internet
>Explorer. I haven't been into the MS Knowledge Base yet and that's my next
>step.
>
>PK
>
>
>
>At 04:35 PM 1/26/2005, you wrote:
> >
> >Sorry Paul but I'm a little confused by this.  Are you saying that when you
> >reset your home page it is not holding to what you set it at?  If so, then
> >you do have spyware on your system.  HijackThis is a good utility but it
> >does not scan for and remove spyware.  It is only a supplement to use along
> >with a good spyware removal program.  Go to http://www.lavasoftusa.com and
> >download Ad-aware.  Be sure to update the pattern file before running a scan
> >with it.
> >
> >Spider
> >
> >http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1
> >http://spider1.blogspot.com/
> >http://erablog.net/blogs/Spider1/
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: 24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >[mailto:24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paul King
> >Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 4:24 PM
> >To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >Subject: [24hoursupport] Browser hijacker
> >
> >
> >I have been using HiJack This, a freebie program, with no failures up to
> >now, to restore Google as my opening page in MSIE, usually after one of my
> >grandsons has been surfing the web from my computer.
> >
> >I'm looking at a persistent, anonymous starting page that the utility won't
> >delete. Anybody got a better solution? I'm already using Mozilla's Firefox,
> >but need MS Internet Explorer for some things.
> >
> >How about reinstalling MSIE?
> >
> >Paul King
> >
> >
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