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Subject: internet home page
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: sammy1941-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 26 Apr 2004 11:32 PDT
Expires: 26 May 2004 11:32 PDT
Question ID: 336495
Somehow or other, I have surfed the net and hit something that
automatically changes my home page.  Even after I have reset it on the
control panel, when I go to internet explorer it goes to these other
pages.  Also, when I deleted the address that I don't want I notice
there are a lot of addresses listed in the address box that I can't
delete.  They are not the same as the page that comes up automatically
that I don't want.  They are still there even after I have deleted
temp. internet files.  Where is this automatic adress change coming
from, how do I get rid of it and also delete the list in the address
bar.  I see that list when the address bar is empty and I start to put
in the msn address.  driving me crazy!!!!!!
Subject: Re: internet home page
Answered By: techtor-ga on 26 Apr 2004 12:22 PDT
Hello Sammy1941,
When you surf certain sites or click on ads, they sometimes
automatically install certain programs into your computer without you
wanting them. These are called:

Malware definition - Small Business Computing Online Dictionary of IT
Terms: Powered by Webopedia:

Collection of Spyware definitions by Google

Rob Slade's Security Glossary

Collection of Adware definitions by Google

These programs can also be called Hijackers. They are programs that
reset your browser to automatically begin at other sites you did not
ask for. Any of the kinds software mentioned above are running and
changing your browser settings without you wanting them. They often
run in websites under special scripts, that when someone browses the
site, the script is activated and it installs these programs in the
browsing person's machine. This has become common since it is a method
of advertising online, though in a "forced" manner.

These are the three top tools you will need to remove hijacker programs:

- The leading spyware/adware remover

- Another spyware/adware remover that can remove some stuff other
anti-adware programs can't see.

Hijack This
- Hijack This is another one of the programs that can reverse browser hijacks.

Run these programs one at a time (not together) for the correct
results. Also, these programs need to be updated regularly from the
Internet, in the same way antivirus programs are updated. Update
before running them.

Here's another question about the same topic for more information:

Please try running these programs to remove the browser hijacking. If
it doesn't solve your problem, let me know.

Sometimes adware/spyware cause the occurence of more pop-ups. If you
are also annoyed at pop-up ads, these programs can help stop them:

Google Toolbar - free
- Can be installed only in Internet Explorer

AnalogX Pow! - free list of pop-up blockers

To delete the list in the address bar, try going to Internet
Explorer's Tools --> Options, then Clear History.

Here's a helpful article on the topic:
Help2Go - Clear Your Web Browser's History

A forum page on the same topic, discussing some complex aspects:
Can't clear internet explorer address bar?

Here's an example of software that can do this regularly for you:

Clear IE History: Ie, Address, List Software

Try deleting the temporary files and cookies too, so the histories
will be more or less clean.

You may even use another browser if you want, like Mozilla:

Google search terms used:
malware definition
adware definition
spyware definition

Also used personal experience in thinking of solutions.

I hope this has been a most helpful answer. If you need anything else,
or have a problem with the answer, do please post a Request for
Clarification before rating and I shall respond as soon as I can.
Thank you.
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