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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by LightningBolt, Jan 22, 2002.

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  1. LightningBolt

    LightningBolt Thread Starter

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    Hello everybody! Hope someone can help me... :(
    I'm at work now, but this morning at home, I got on the computer to check e-mails & surf a little bit. Well... I clicked on some bikini sites (I know, 1st mistake, but it's a cold winter morning here & I wanted to see a warmer climate) & all these different porn sites started popping up! I tried to close out the window & more would just keep popping up & after a while one site window filled the whole screen of the monitor where I couldn't see how to close it! Frustrated, I just shut the computer off & re-started it. Well, guess what? One of those crazy sites has reset the computer so it is the new homepage! I tried to type in the address bar, www.msn.com, so I could then go to Internet Tools to reset as the homepage & that didn't work either. So I tried to close out that window & the same sh!t started happening again! Arrghhhh! :(
    Is there a way to reset the internet homepage without first connecting to the internet?
    If not, any suggestions on what I need to do??
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Hamill

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    Open up internet exp. You can sellect to work offline. Go to tools, internet options, you see homepage. Change it to what you want i.e. http//:www.yahoo.com. Then Hit apply and ok. You should be set. I would also clean out your history and temp internet files.
    Hamill
     
  3. Peaker

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    Hi LightningBolt,

    The easiest way to reset your homepage or change it at least is:
    Boot up your Internet Explorer and when it asks you if you want to connect say NO or cancel the connection as it's coming up.
    Then you can easily get into tools and set your homepage to whatever you want it to be. I can't remember the exact procedure but poke around a little and you'll find it.

    OR

    If you run Netscape instead of Explorer I'm sure you can set it to "Browser starts with blank page" in the preferences section under Navigator.

    That should sort out your little problem I hope.

    Cheers,
    Grant.
    :D
     
  4. LightningBolt

    LightningBolt Thread Starter

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    Hamill:
    Thanks for the prompt reply! :)
    So I do have to "open" Internet Explorer & make the connection to the internet before I can actually change the homepage setting?
    I was wondering if I could be on the desktop, right-click on the Internet Explorer Icon, click properties, & change the homepage setting from there?
    I really didn't have too much time to fool with it before leaving for work...
    Thanks again for your help!
     
  5. LightningBolt

    LightningBolt Thread Starter

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    Peaker:
    Thanks for your help also! :)
    I'll try that as soon as I get home!

    By the way, this is the first I've seen of this forum, & hope to be on quite often... seems to be really good! I work on a computer all day long, every day, & all I know, I've had to pretty much teach myself, so this looks like a great place to learn & pick up some tips.

    Thanks again for your help.
     
  6. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Lightning Bolt,

    I've compiled a lot of info about this homepage changing business, since it has been happening to a lot of people lately.

    Let me offer you the entire to-do list:

    Close Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
    Go to Control Panel/Internet Options, and clear your temporary Internet files.
    Now click on Settings/show files, and delete your cookies.
    Or, if you're running IE 6.0, delete your cookies on the Privacy tab.
    Empty your Recycle Bin, and delete everyting in your C:\Windows\Temp folder.

    Now go to Start/run, and type Msconfig. On the Startup tab, look to see if you can find one or more of the following entries:
    SWPortal, SWCaller, Sp.dll, winn32.html, runme.hta, reg.hta, adshow.exe , OPQfile, and/or MSKernel32 (Win32.hta).
    If you should find one or more of these, uncheck them.
    Also anything that has 'regedit.exe/s' in its path.

    Now click OK, close Msconfig, and reboot.

    If your undesired site is 'GoHip', you need to download and run GoHip Remove.exe

    Also have your computer scanned on line at Trend Micro HouseCall.
    THere are malicious scripts like JS.Exception.Exploit which can do that as well.


    After you've done all that, open Internet Explorer, and go to your favorite Start Page.
    Go to Internet Options, General tab, and click 'Use current'.

    If after rebooting there's still no change, lets move to phase 2:

    Go to Start/run, and type Regedit.
    Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
    Is the subkey called 'Control Panel' indeed there, rightclick it, and choose delete from the context menu.
    Close Regedit

    Now go to Control Panel/Internet (options)
    Go to the 'Programs' tab, and click 'reset Web Settings'.
    Go to the 'Security' tab, and set all ActiveX options that are now set to 'allow', to 'prompt'.
    Also uncheck 'Enable install on demand' on the 'advanced' tab.

    Now open Internet Explorer, and go to your favorite Start Page.
    Go to Internet Options, General tab, and click 'Use current'.

    Now if you want to avoid having to do this all the time, here's a useful reg hack:

    After changing your home page to the one you prefer, immediately do the following:

    Copy the bold to Notepad. Save as Homepage, reg, and doubleclick it.
    Answer 'yes' to have it imported into the registry.

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
    "Homepage"=dword:00000001


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

    Good luck,
     
  7. LightningBolt

    LightningBolt Thread Starter

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    Tony:
    Very in-depth & very appreciated! I'll try all of these suggestions as soon as I get home this evening.
    Thanks! :)
     
  8. LightningBolt

    LightningBolt Thread Starter

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    Thanks to everyone! Everything's fine now! :)
    Also, I found a couple of other ways to change your homepage without going on-line.

    My Computer, Control Panel, Internet Options: Set new Home-Page.

    Or on your Desktop, right-click on the Internet Explorer icon, Properties: Set new Home-Page.

    Thanks again for all your help!
     
  9. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    You're welcome :)
     
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