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    Home Page Locked (all)

    Apparently some Unscrupulous sites have figured a way to lock your Home Page on to their site and wont allow you to change it using Internet O[tions. All buttons are greyed out.

    If you have this problem, as I did, the answer is on MS site. Go to their Knowledge Base and search for Q320159. It will get you out of the problem.
    Win 8, Firefox 16.0.2, Thunderbird 15.0.2

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    Re: Home Page Locked (all)

    Here's a link to that article: Home Page Setting Changes Unexpectedly, or You Cannot Change Your Home Page Setting (Q320159)

    Applies to all version of IE 5.x and to IE 6.

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    Re: Home Page Locked (all)

    ..er, yes, that's all well and good, especially if you are not virus protected, and are quite happy to edit your Registry settings manually.
    However, a quicker and more effficient way of reversing any unwanted changes to the appearance of IE, is to get XTQ (my site #18 has the latest full version), which is freeware. This not only allows you to re-set your HomePage, it also allows you to add/remove any personalisation of the IE Title Bar. There is also a small freeware app that locks your Homepage, preventing any unauthorised changes to it.

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    Re: Home Page Locked (all)

    I'm not sure about your suggestion, but I had McAfee Virus shield installed and updated all their virus signatures and it neither prevented nor indicated any virus action.
    Win 8, Firefox 16.0.2, Thunderbird 15.0.2

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    Re: Home Page Locked (all)

    Only mentioned viruses because the bulk of the MS KB article was about how a change in the Home Page of the sort you describe might be evidence of an infection. If your sure its not that, then the XTQ tweaker is a good way of looking after IE settings. Is all.

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    Re: Home Page Locked (all)

    We had a similar problem. One of the employees here brought in his home system, because a XXX site had "hijacked" his home page and wouldn't give it back <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>.
    He was running Win 98 SE, so the utility MSCONFIG (or MSCONFIG32?) allowed us to use the Startup tab to un-check this item.
    Everything else we did did not work. We, too, thought it must be a virus.
    Until MSCONFIG. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>
    Give it a shot. I don't have a 9x system nearby, so I am unable to give you the exact steps to that feature, but it's Start | Run and put in MSCONFIG, then Enter and find the menu item for Tools.
    I believe, in Win ME, that this can be found under the Help System, too.
    Sorry I cannot be more precise.

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    Re: Home Page Locked (all)

    I had a similar problem with gohip.com. After it changed my homepage, I would change it back only to lose it again when I would restart my computer. I assumed at first it was a virus only to learn later on that it was spyware.

    Check your computer for a file called 'BrowserEnh' under Program files and see if the unwanted file is there.

    I also suggest that you download Ad-aware which will search your computer for other spyware and components. You can find it here: http://www.lavasoft.nu/

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