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Unwanted home page setting

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by GVD60, Apr 25, 2004.

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  1. GVD60

    GVD60 Thread Starter

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    Problem: I am unable to change my home page setting.

    Operating system: Windows XP.

    I have always used “Blank” as my home page setting However last week something got into my computer and changed my homepage to “searchpage.html”.

    When I open up Widows Explorer instead of a blank screen I get “Searchpage”. If I type in say www.vote.com another search page is displayed with the following message:

    “You try to go to the vote.com
    For visit this site follow this link: HTTP://vote.com
    or type in full url (including HTTP://) in the adress bar.”

    I have tried to delete “C:\searchpage.html” from my C: drive but it keeps coming back.
    I have also tried to use another web site for my home page but it always goes back to “about:blank”. I also have a “about” icon on my desktop that I can’t delete.

    How do I get rid of this junk.

    Can someone please HELP!

    GVD60
     
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  3. =Phant0M=

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    download and run HJT...save and post the log here. you have spyware and i can diagnose your problem.
     
  4. win98se

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    I had this a few days back, not sure what causes it

    OK, go to run, regedit, my computer. Now do a search for "about:blank" (without quotes).

    Go through it once just to see how many you have.

    Back up your registry

    Run hijackthis any line with about:blank - get rid of it.

    Get rid of any other rubbish

    Enter regedit a second time, change all the "about:blank" to your desired home page (I recommend "http://www.google.com/)

    This should do the job.
     
  5. =Phant0M=

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    :) i reccomend google too :D
     
  6. barnnyardd

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    i would use spybot and adaware too. spyware did that to my cousins pc
     
  7. GVD60

    GVD60 Thread Starter

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    I did find "about:blank" in my registry.
    I don't know how to back up my registry, and when try to download hijackthis all I get is that stinking searchpage.html.
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for your help so far.
     
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  9. Hue

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    gv,

    have you downloaded and run Spybot S&D and Ad Aware? if not, do so. you will find these two programs with a simple google search.

    hue
     
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