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    IE home page (IE 6)

    I have a machine running WixXP Home and IE6. Lately I have noticed that whenever I start IE6, it goes to a site: http:search.microsoft.com (but it is not really associated with Microsoft). I delete all the temp file for IE, clear the history, reset the home page, etc. However, when I reboot the computer and go to the net, IE sets the home page to this http:search.microsoft.com again. I have used ad-aware to check for spyware and found nothing.

    Anyone has any idea how to deal with that?

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    Re: IE home page (IE 6)

    One workaround is to use an option in SpyBot. There is a choice under Tools called Browser Pages, which gives you somewhat limited options to change the setting. HTH
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    Re: IE home page (IE 6)

    I have disconnected my internet access and rebooted my machine. I then use Spybot to check for spywares. I ask Spybot to remove them. I repeat the above process (with no internet connection) a few times. Each time Spybot reports new spywares. The problem is I have not been onto the net and I am not on a network. How come I keep getting new spywares.

    The reported new spywares are

    CoolWWWSearch: IE Search assistent (not assistant)
    CoolWWWSearch: IE Search bar
    CoolWWWSearch: IE Search page
    CoolWWWSearch: IE Search settings
    CoolWWWSearch: IE Start page
    System1060: Autorun settings

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    Re: IE home page (IE 6)

    Plus side: we have identified what is re-setting your Start Page.
    Down side: SpyBot is having trouble eradicating your infestation.

    On the basis that you have the latest SpyBot definitions installed, try HijackThis.

    Merry Christmas from the land that created "Silent Night"!
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    Re: IE home page (IE 6)

    Yeah, it finally works. The hijackit program actually identifies a program called jjj.exe (a trojan) as a global startup program. I cleaned it out and everything seems back to normal. I am surprised that Norton Anti-virus does not catch this trojan.

    Thanks very much. You have saved my day.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    Re: IE home page (IE 6)

    Something that you might care to watch for the New Year - if not before <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> - is that viruses and trojans are two different things.

    NAV protects you against viruses. It has never claimed to protect you against trojans. If Norton were to supply anti-trojan software, they would either significantly hike the price of NAV or offer a separate product.

    In a number of ways, a trojan is a far more insidious problem than a virus: because it will put your computer and its data under the control of an outsider. A virus will simply corrupt your data. (The boundaries have been blurred by SoBig and the earlier ILoveYou viruses.)

    As you have seen, some anti-trojan programs spot things others do not. In addition to the 3 freeware programs you've tried, there is also a-squared. Paid automatic services, OTOH, have the benefit of running in the background like NAV. TDS-3 is something that I have heard positive reports about. Ad-aware and a-squared also offer a paid versions that run in the background.

    If you do a lot of random browsing - or have children using your machine or on your network - anti-trojan protection should definitely be part of your routine.
    Gre

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