View Full Version : Home page changes every time PC's rebooted

11-28-2002, 07:31 PM
Hi list just a quick question for you, I've recently installed broadband for a freind of mine & I think he went a bit crazy looking at loads of porn, it looks like he's got some kind of virus on his system that keeps changing his home page every time the PC is rebooted, do any of you guys know how to solve this issue (apart from the obvious Anti virus & firewall software that has since been installed) any advise much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


11-28-2002, 07:51 PM
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If you ran a virus scan with updated definitions and still have the issue, it is likely that you have spyware messing with the system. It would probably be a good idea to download a spyware scanner like Spybot Search & Destroy and scan immediately. The system is probably riddled with spyware. You can find links at:



11-28-2002, 07:53 PM
thanks for the info I'll give it a try.

Fruss Tray Ted
11-28-2002, 09:02 PM
If budfred's suggestion doesn't work, my suspicion would be that the site made a registry tweak or altered the MBR to keep resetting the homepage to wherever at each reboot. You may have to 'untweak' it or reformat if that's a viable option.

How have you tried to make the regular homepage as default? What OS and browser?

Edit: The antivirus won't pick up on it because the A/V was installed AFTER the malicious program.

11-28-2002, 10:19 PM
I have a feeling FTT may be on to something.
A person I know had the same problem and it turned out to be a registry entry called "sextracker" or something like that.

Of course, you should always have a good backup of your registry before messing with it.
If you are uncomfortable messing too much with your registry manually,
RegCleaner (http://download.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=regcleaner&tg=dl-20&search=+Go%21+) can be a handy little program for removing unwanted entries.
And.....Running Adaware or Search and Destroy-(Or both!), is still a good idea in any case.

Good luck! :)

11-28-2002, 10:22 PM
Google (http://www.google.ca/search?q=homepage+hijackers&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&meta=) does wonders.
Furher reading:

After you have read through the sites, I suggest you d/l and install SpywareBlaster (http://www.wilderssecurity.com/spywareblaster.html) and also IESpyad (http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~ehowes/resource.htm#IESPYAD) .

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11-29-2002, 09:43 AM
Thanks to all that posted, ill try all of your suggestions and post back with results (good or bad)