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    Google Home Page (7 / Update ver. 0)

    I have run CCleaner within the last few days. Subsequently, when I launch MS Internet Explorer, Google is stubbornly my home page. Changing this in Tools > Options does not correct the situation; there appears to be a background program to re-establish Google as the Home page. Any assistance in regaining control of my machine will be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Google Home Page (7 / Update ver. 0)

    I don't think changing or locking your home page is among CCleaner's features.
    There are programs that may do this, for example Spybot Search & Destroy (in Tools > IE Tweaks) - see screenshot.
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    Re: Google Home Page (7 / Update ver. 0)

    Thanks for the response Hans. But after downloading SpyBot and installing it I am still unable to remove Google as the home page. I can add and remove others, but irrespective of the SpyBot IE Tweaks setting, I am unable to budge Google. <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

    BTW Apologies for posting this thread here. Perhaps we might get more response if it were to be moved to the Explorer forum.
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    Re: Google Home Page (7 / Update ver. 0)

    IIRC, Windows Defender can lock your home page also.

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    Re: Google Home Page (7 / Update ver. 0)

    I didn't intend that you should download and install Spybot S&D now, I meant that you might already have installed it and locked your home page. I assume that Joe's reply is meant the same way.

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    Re: Google Home Page (7 / Update ver. 0)

    I found the following here.

    Some Web pages will also reset your home page and do this. One of the customizations they might make is to disable the ability to change the home page, so that you are forced to use their home page. You can re-enable this by making a small change in the Windows registry.

    In Regedit, navigate to this key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftInternet ExplorerControl Panel

    In the right-hand pane, right-click the "HomePage" value, then select Modify. Change it to: 00 00 00 00

    Also change either or these to zero 0 instead of 1 if present:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionPoliciesExplorer] - DWORD "NoSetHomePage"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftInternet ExplorerRestrictions] - DWORD "NoSetHomePage"=dword:00000001

    If you don't have this key, browse to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain

    and in the right hand pane, double click "Local Page" and set equal to "C:WINDOWSSystemblank.htm" (no quotes) which will hopefully set your Home Page to blank and then allow you to subsequently modify it using Internet Options.

    Exit regedit and reboot.

    When you reboot, you should be able to change the home page again.

    Some pages will also download a program which keeps changing it back. Go to Start | Run and type:
    msconfig
    and press <Enter> or click OK. Go to the Startup tab.
    See if you can identify any suspicious programs. If you can, uncheck it, If you can't, change the home page to what you want and then uncheck one and then reboot. Try IE. If the Web page changed, change it back and then try msconfig again, rechecking the last one and unchecking the next. Keep doing this until you find the culprit.
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    Re: Google Home Page (7 / Update ver. 0)

    You might also want to take al look at this page for some suggestions.
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    Thank You One and All

    Ad-Watch was the culprit.

    Nay!

    Ignorance was the culprit; Ad-Watch the cause.
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    Re: Thank You One and All

    Glad you got it sorted out. Whatever the culprit, knowledge is the solution. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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