The default homepage keeps changing to about:blank. Any help?

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PrincessClai

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Now this normally wouldn't really bother me, but there's a bigger problem at hand, it seems.

The computer I'm using is a laptop connected to Broadband through a wireless Local Area Network connection. The other computer has virus protection software - this laptop didn't.

It was working fine until for some reason the homepage, for no apparent reason, was changed to about:blank. Not only that, but when Internet Explorer was opened and diverted to this page, exactly 59 pop ups about internet security and spyware came up and crashed the laptop. So I simply changed the default homepage back to Google through the Properties menu of Internet Explorer. Problem solved... or so I thought.

The next time I opened Internet Explorer, it did it again; divert to about:blank, 59 pop ups, computer crash. So I bought McAfee Virus Scan Professional, which detected 22 Potentially Unwanted Programs which I cleaned and/or deleted.

The problem is almost still the same. The homepage still keeps changing to about:blank, except it brings up only 3 popups and doesn't crash the computer. But when I try to go on certain websites like Hotmail and this country cottages website I need to get on, it keeps diverting me to about:blank. It doesn't do it with every website - obviously I've been able to get to these forums and I can get to Google.

So I don't really know what to do. The McAfee stuff I bought obviously didn't completely solve the problem. I did another virus scan and it didn't bring anything up. Can anyone help?
 
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Hi PrincessClai,
Download HSRemove from here : http://www.hsremove.com and run.
Download About:Buster from here : http://tools.zerosrealm.com/AboutBuster.zip, unzip to a file and run. OK , Start, OK again to close Explorer. It will want to run twice, let it.
Make a new folder in C:\, Download HijackThis from here : http://www.tomcoyote.com/hjt/#quick and put it into the new folder. click on HijackThis 1.99 (exe) on left.
Click on HijackThis.exe.
Select just run scan.
post the log file here!! The tutorial on the web page will help you !!
 

Cheeseball81

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Create a permanent folder on your hard drive and download this program to it
Hijack This: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html

Close out any open web browsers
Launch the program
Hit "Scan", then "Save Log"
Open the log you just saved
Copy & paste the log into this thread

Do not attempt to fix anything yet

Someone will analyze the log for you
 
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For starters, download . . update and run these two spwware chasers . . also ldownload thiis for the about problem.

You may have to use HiJack This! if these do not get all the little buggers. You can post the log from HiJack This on the security forum for some expert help

Good luck . . wrs
 
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