| By Fred Langa |
It’s always annoying — and sometimes dangerous — when software changes your browser’s homepage without your consent.
Here’s how to prevent malware, or any software, from making unauthorized changes to your browser’s homepage.
Steps for locking down a browser homepage
Reader Harry Norkin needs a better way to prevent homepage hijacks.
- “About those programs that, when installed, hijack your homepage. Thereafter, when you go to the Internet, their page is what you get.
“Not knowing how to prevent this, I put my desired homepage into my favorites (bookmarked it). Now, if my homepage gets hijacked, I click my Favorites tab, scroll down to my preferred page, and click it. With my page back, I click the Tools tab, select Internet Options, and click Use Current, which makes the browser open to that page.”
Here’s how to do it in Windows XP, Vista, and Win7 with Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 8 and 9.
Internet Explorer with Vista and Win7: (See the next section for additional instructions needed for Vista and Win7 Starter and Home versions.) IE’s Home Page controls are located within a secure portion of the Local Group Policy settings — a well-guarded portion of the operating system that’s difficult for unauthorized software (or persons) to get to. Only admins can access and change Policies.