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    Home Page probs (6.0)

    I try to change my Home Page (Tools, Internet Options) but as soon as I come out of the dialog it reverts back to c://windows/secure.html - a file that I have deleted. Also, when I open any page it is prefixed http://boredlife.com/p/ and an additional page is opened. I tried deleting all references to these two files (secure.html and boredlife) in the Registry but as soon as I open IE the same problems recur. Any ideas?? Andy.

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    Re: Home Page probs (6.0)

    Check this <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3timages/starpost.gif> Star Post. <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3timages/starpost.gif>

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    Re: Home Page probs (6.0)

    I've downloaded an used SypBot - a v. good tool. It found and removed 'viruses' from my computer.. But IE still attempts to load page c:/windows/secure.html?! I find it strange that I can remove references to this page from the Registry but they just reappear. I thought making Registry changes was such a fundamental thing that couldn't be over-written. I could try modifying the reference to the home page I want to use?

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    Re: Home Page probs (6.0)

    I'll have a look at this software. When I change the home page (under Tools/ Internet options), if I go back to this dialog it IMMEDIATELY reverts to c:/Windows/secure.html. How on earth can that happen straight-away? It's as though someone's sitting at my shoulder and immediately re-setting the home page.

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    Re: Home Page probs (6.0)

    Hi Andrew:
    In Leif's <post#=343528>post 343528</post#>, he pointed you to <!post=StarPost,296439>StarPost<!/post>. That post has more than just one or two utilities for finding spyware. It mentions HijackThis & gives you instructions on how to use it. You should first follow these instructions first.
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    Re: Home Page probs (6.0)

    You might try looking at this thread on browser homepage hijacking and try Ad Aware or other Hijacker zappers if needed, which will stop much malware that does hijacking on the Starpost link you had before. Registry changes are fundamental and the heart of Windows, but they aren't set in stone and they can be changed and the registry is dynamic in that it serves up thousands of values within minutes--and everytime you double click a file the registry is consulted as to what to do with it, and the OS consults the registry on literally every move it makes, and when you open Word or Excel, it looks to the registry to get info on hundreds of setting preferences.

    To give a simple example, when ATT BB switched to Comcast with a comcast.net email address for users, following their configuration installed malware that modified 3 registry keys to hijack my homepage to Comcast's.

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    Re: Home Page probs (6.0)

    I've created my own version of secure.html (the default Home Page that I can't get rid of) with my fave links on it. This solution suits me for the moment, and gives me a good way to continue my study of HTML!

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