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    Browser hijack attempt. (XPhome/SP2/IE6.)

    XP home/SP2/IE6: Every week I run Ad-aware spyware removal, and the following item is always found: 'Reg Data [possible browser hijack attempt] - Dataminer - HKEY_CURRENT_USER softwaremicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain start page (About blank)'.

    Having removed it I find my home page changed from 'About blank' to the unwanted microsoft home page.

    This bug re-infests even if I delete all cookies and Temp. internet files, and do another bug scan. (even rebooting as well)

    The microsoft address starts 'microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll.....'

    How can this unwelcome intrusion be stopped? I am not registry literate.

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    Re: Browser hijack attempt. (XPhome/SP2/IE6.)

    Detection of About: blank as a browser hijack is a false positive. Do you have the latest version, AdAware SE 1.06r1? I used to get this warning too, but not any more in the latest version(s).

    You can tell AdAware to ignore a patently false detection by selecting it in the scan summary, right-clicking it and selecting 'Add selected to ignore list'.

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    Re: Browser hijack attempt. (XPhome/SP2/IE6.)

    Thanks Hans, I was in some doubt as to which Board to use.

    I should have made it clear that the alleged 'possible browser hijacker' is microsoft. My preferred choice of home page is 'About blank'.
    For a long time I have allowed this item to be ignored, simply because deleting is a waste of time, it reappears within seconds. However, I find it annoying to keep finding my chosen home page replaced (without my permission) by Bill Gates gaudy design. I know it's easy to switch back to About blank - but why should I have to?

    Can I permanently block it by some means? Blocking the cookie might, but that system registers only as far as 'microsoft.com', ignoring the rest of the address [as shown in my first posting], and would probably block other microsoft items such as windows updates, etc.

    Is there no way round it?

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    Re: Browser hijack attempt. (XPhome/SP2/IE6.)

    Sorry, I omitted the data you asked for.
    AdAware 6.0 build 181, SE 1.05 update.

    Regards,

    Chuck9

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    Re: Browser hijack attempt. (XPhome/SP2/IE6.)

    This will happen if you have Microsoft automatic updates turned on. I avoid the issue by allowing only notification of updates, not download and install, and by using SpyBot S&D TeaTimer and resident applets, to prevent my home page from being changed without my permission. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
    Charlotte

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    Re: Browser hijack attempt. (XPhome/SP2/IE6.)

    What I do is a combination of things that might suit your usage:
    o My Homepage is set to http://www.google.com.au/
    o I have taken appropriate steps (AdAware, SpywareBlaster etc.) to prevent anything changing (hijacking) this.
    o I launch IE from the Quicklaunch bar (or wherever else) using the command line:
    "C:Program FilesInternet ExplorerIEXPLORE.EXE" about:blank

    This means I always start with about:blank, but my "Home" button is "useful" again.

    HTH
    Alan

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    Re: Browser hijack attempt. (XPhome/SP2/IE6.)

    Greetings and thanks to Hans, Charlotte, and Alan.

    I can see now a suitable cross combination of ideas to be rid of my favourite pest. The only problem arising from this is that I now have nothing to complain about!!!

    My sincere gratitude for your time and trouble. Thanks.

    Chuck.

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