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    Homepage Hijacker-Searchdot.net (IE v6.0)

    I cannot find a way to eliminate Searchdot.net from hijacking my homepage. I have run Spybot, Ad-aware, X-Cleaner, HijackThis, & Trojan Hunter to no avail. HijackThis shows 2 enrties for this problem which I have eliminated and then reset my homepage. Everything is fine for that session but when I reboot it comes back. X-cleaner identifies that my homepage has been changed and will reset it but when I reboot it still comes back to the hijacked homepage. Ad-aware, Spybot, TrojanHunter do not pick up any problem. Any help appreciated !!!!!

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    Re: Homepage Hijacker-Searchdot.net (IE v6.0)

    Hi Coinman:
    See if something is in your startup. Go to Start/Run & type
    msconfig
    <enter>

    Go to the startup tab & uncheck anything strange. Certainly anything which starts a browser or anything connected to the internet doesn't need to run at startup. See if that helps. You might also open regedit.exe & search for anything with "searchdot.net". R2 had a post that mentioned startup cop & a few other utilities that would help, but with the search engine down, I can't find it now.

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    Re: Homepage Hijacker-Searchdot.net (IE v6.0)

    Try this program -
    http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareblaster.html ...I use Ad-aware, Spybot- Search & Destroy, and SpywareBlaster and check for updates daily...along with my Norton products...haven't been hijacked or visits from virii,etc.
    Give Spywareblaster a try.

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    Re: Homepage Hijacker-Searchdot.net (IE v6.0)

    Hi Coinman

    If you haven't yet, could you post your "HijackThis" log on this Net-Integration, HijackThis and Browser Hijacking forum. There could be an entry that's not obvious that they might pick up on........if not, then they will know of the problem, hopefully solve it and update the HijackThis ref file for you and the rest of us.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Homepage Hijacker-Searchdot.net (IE v6.0)

    As you suggested I posted the HijackThis log on Net-Integration.

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    Re: Homepage Hijacker-Searchdot.net (IE v6.0)

    I checked the startup tab and while there was one strange entry that I unchecked, that did not help. I then did a search in the registry as you suggested and found and changed 5 different entries ... that worked !!! Thanks for eveyones help and suggestions.

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    Re: Homepage Hijacker-Searchdot.net (IE v6.0)

    Coinman--

    Would you put up the url where you got this--I want to see exactly where it comes from and if it's related anyway to the variants of coolsearch.net mentioned in the Cool Search Chronicles. If you can tell me the site you downloaded this from, I think it'll be easier to find the way to blow it off.

    SMBP

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