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  1. shaygate

    shaygate Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys,

    I hate some programmers !!! my browser is upto date on all patches, I keep spybot, Command Anti virus and zone alarm firewall running and STILL they managed to hijack my homepage and to add insult to injury they have 'greyed' out the buttons in Internet Explorer so I can't change it back easily :mad:

    I have run HijackThis (file attached) and deleted all of the suspicious entries, dug around in the registry and changed my homepage back to Google where it should be but still the buttoins are greyed out, can anybody tell me the registry tweak to restore them ?

    Ian :mad:

    PS Oh yes and to make my day complete my daughter downloaded a MatrixReloaded.scr screensaver and it was infected with w32/mapson.32 virus !!
     

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  2. Deke40

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    Look in Spybot S&D and be sure you didn't check the item to lock your homepage.

    This is the same done manually in the registry.

    Correct your home page to the one you prefer, then immediately do the following:

    Backup the registry and/or export the following keys:
    go to Start>Run, type regedit. Navigate to:
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
    Right-click on the Internet Explorer key, choose new>Key, name it Control Panel.
    Right-click on the Control Panel, chose new>DWORD value, name it Homepage. Right-click
    on Homepage, choose modify and type in the number 1.

    This should lock your home page, so no other web site can change it.


    Then navigate here and verify the homepage is correct:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    look for the Start Page entry.
     

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  3. shaygate

    shaygate Thread Starter

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    Hi Deke

    thanks for the reply about myhomepage but I have done all that (found a previous message in the archives with the same instructions) , its the buttons from IE TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS (or control panel) that I still have greyed out. Its obvioulsy tweaked from the registry somewhere so they are disabled and its that I'm after.


    Ian
     
  4. Deke40

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    The place I mentioned in the registry is where you can grey the buttons out. If it is a 1 change it to a 0.
     
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    I did some more looking and the manual fix does it in the registry at :

    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ Control Panel(which is added for the manual tweak)

    and the Spybot S&D does it at\:

    HKEY_CURRENT USER\Software\Polices\Microsoft\Internet Exployer\Control Panel.

    The Spybot will change both these registry items to a 1 to lock the homepage.
     
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