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Cannot set IE Homepage ...?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by theMusicMan, Apr 20, 2004.

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  1. theMusicMan

    theMusicMan Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2001
    Hi All

    I simply don't understand what has just happened to me on my Laptop. I booted up this afternoon only to find my Laptop riddled with the W32/Protoride.worm virus.

    The thing is, I am fully protected with McAfee VirusScan Pro7 and all my definition files are fully up-to-date. How on earth would this worm find its way ontop my PC...?

    I am now left with another problem: When I launch IE Browser, it tries to open "http://&*/ " and I get presented with a page not found error. I can access the web, and when I go to google to set this as my home page, then try to launch IE again, lo and behold it goes back to "http://&*/"

    Can anyone please help...?
  2. MINz


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sounds like a classic spyware issue.

    Download AdAware 6.0 and update the reference file and scan your PC.

    Ad-Aware 6.0

  3. barnnyardd


    Mar 16, 2003
    i agree with minz. my cousin had the same problem. after we dl adaware and updated and ran the scan and deleted the spyware we could set the homepage to whatever it was he used. it also fixed alot of other problems he was having.
  4. mobo


    Feb 23, 2003
    Download CWShredder:
    Unzip, run and hit the ->fix tab to fix all found problems

    CWShredder takes advantage of seurity holes in windows so you should install all critical as well as hotfixes available from windows update.

    Then repost a fresh Hijack this log .

    Download 'Hijack This!'. http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ and save it to a folder on your desktop.
    Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
    Press that, save the log, load it in Notepad, and copy its contents here. Most of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, don't fix anything yet.
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