[24hoursupport] Re: Startpage

  • From: "Spider" <spider1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 18:08:55 -0500


While the information posted in this thread is good and very through, I
feel compelled to post a warning that some of the fixes in the registry
should be approached with caution and I would not recommend a lot of the
steps to novice or average computer users.  I am of the opinion that a
good spyware program like Ad-Aware 6 will resolve 99 percent of the
hijacking problems like the original poster asked about.  I would
contend that this is probably the only step that will be needed in
Majzan's case and in most other spyware cases.  Probably the most
important thing to remember when removing spyware (and I have not seen
this step mentioned very often) is to UNINSTALL the offending software
FIRST.  Then run Ad-Aware or whatever to remove the spyware components.
Failure to do so will leave a "broken" program on your system that will
not cleanly uninstall.


-----Original Message-----
From: 24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Galvin
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:59 PM
To: Majzan
Subject: [24hoursupport] Re: Startpage

Hello Majzan,

Tuesday, February 11, 2003, 6:56:10 AM, you wrote:

M> Sometime ago I clicked on this link to a site which first of all 
M> overflowed me with pop-ups (witch made me finally reinstall the 
M> pop-up killer) anyway what this site also did was changing my 
M> start-page on my IE. I have several times changed it in the settings.

M> But it keeps on coming back when i reboot. How do find where to 
M> change it so the start-page wont change back every time I reboot.

Hijacking is a common problem particularly employed by some Trojans,
search engines, pyramid sales sites and adult sites. The site puts
something in your registry so that, at boot, it always executes and
changes your homepage, your search engine or your settings. To get rid
of the problem you probably need to edit the registry.

First clean out your Internet Explorer cache, remove the cookies,
history and Temporary Internet Files (using Tools > Internet Options)

Next go to http://www.lavasoftusa.com and download Adaware which will
remove traces of any Spyware etc that may be on your machine.

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