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Unwanted Internet startup page

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by hashouter, Nov 18, 2001.

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  1. hashouter

    hashouter Thread Starter

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    After a download (don't remember which) Internet Explorer now has another startup page when opening. My default is a blank page but this download even went as far as installing a shortcut on the desktop as well as one on the Taskbar (bottom right).

    I have removed the relevant html file from windows/system but the application can not be removed as it is always active.
    The shortcut was called SWCaller and I have removed it from the desktop but am unable to remove it from the Taskbar

    Can someone help me fix this problem?

    REgards

    Has
     
  2. buck52

    buck52 Banned

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    Try this

    start\run then type msconfig then OK ...check selective startup the on the startup tab see if the program is there ...if it is uncheck it and click apply and OK then restart and see if it is still there

    buck
     
  3. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Buck is right:

    Uncheck it in Msconfig/startup, and reboot.
    Now the app will be no longer active.

    Now do a search on your drives for everything called SWCaller and SWPortal, and delete it.

    Good luck,
     
  4. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

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    swportal

    Search for a programme file called SWcaller2.exe or similar. Rename it.

    Search for any files called SWPORTAL*.* and SWCALLER*.* (where * is variable).



    Also check the following registry keys for references to the programme. Export the keys before editing any particular references, and ALWAYS ask for advice in the microsoft.public newsgroups if you are unsure:



    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run



    Taken from this site:
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~sandi/MVP/Darnit.htm
     
  5. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    True, Candy, but if you disable it through Msconfig, and reboot, it dissapears fron the Run key, and is tranferred to Run-.
    If you then remove everything you find through F3, there's nothing more that could possibly start up ever again.

    And you don't need to edit the registry.

    Greetz,
     
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