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05-08-01, 07:59 AM   #1  
I keep getting web sites substituting their page for my home page. How do they do that? Even tho' I reset my home page theirs comes back. How can I get rid of it?
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05-08-01, 08:17 AM   #2  
try wiping everything out. (no not yer disk) go to tools>internet option>temp internet files> delete files. click the box to delete all offline content. Then dump all your cookies. (this will mean manual entry of passwords and user names like here in diy. for the first time accessing)

At some point you may have click on the "do you wish to make this your homepage?" Most of the time they will let you remove it and put up a diff HP, some times not. Everytime you visit their site the cookie they sent you may update your homepage.

this "should" take care of the problem, if no you may have to uninstall and reinstall ie5.

Also verify all offline and temp files and cookies are gone from your hard drive. win exporer>windows>profiles.

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05-08-01, 08:54 AM   #3  
Most "normal" sites don't do that , some warez / porn/underground sites do that among other anoying things. Clearing out your temps will not correct this. The sites html/java/or cgi scripts are doing this and outside of not using the afending site I am not sure if there is a way to stop the site script from doing its anoying job. I have never or rarely had sites do that with the exception of the those types I previously mentioned. Re-installing IE is unlikely to help.

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05-08-01, 09:04 AM   #4  
if thats the case you may be able to get a program from download.com that can help stop those sites in their tracks. I think that guard dog would do the same and black ice too. If your a wiz in registry you could always turn off java, If I knew would tell ya how do it.

 
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05-08-01, 09:36 AM   #5  
Turning off Java will present another problem, in that some websites will not display or function properly. Black Ice Defender is a firewall , firewalls are designed to prevent unauthorized or unrequested excess to your computer, but once the script is in, it may not prevent its exucution. I am not familier with guard dog or how it functions. There could be software that will prevent unauthorized/unwanted changes to your user options, I am not sure of specific software myself, but almost anything else is out there so I am sure that must be out there also , it is just a matter of finding it.

Maybe my other DIY knowledgeable people may know of a solution to this.


 
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05-08-01, 10:53 AM   #6  
This has been done by "reputable" sites like Go.com and now lycos.com, but it reminds me of my first experiences with the internet.

I was at work (at a client's) and had net access for the first time. I was looking for a software site I had visited once and didn't know how to find it again. I searched on a few keywords, and got a gazillion "hits". I started at the top and pulled up the first one (which had some promising wordage in the title (Microsoft software computer etc.)

Well, this hard-core page exploded on the screen with full animation and the works. I didn't know what to do first. I kept shutting it down, but more and more pages kept coming, each worse than the last. I couldn't keep up.
I started to panic. The screen was facing the door. If someone saw this I'd be toast.

Finally, I just punched the reset button on the computer. I rebooted and bravely brought up IE again.

The site had replaced my home page with the graphic porn page! It started doing it all over again! More and more pages! I felt like the Sorcerer's Apprentice.

I finally got it shut down and went all over the machine, deleting cookies, temp files, everything. It mercifully never came back, and I got much more careful searching.


 
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05-08-01, 11:43 AM   #7  
update

It seems it's not exactly changing my home page to its page. Their page always comes up first, but if I click on "home" I go to my real home page. If I check in Tools/Internet Options/Home Page, my real home page is listed.
However when starting, IE seems to ignore this and goes to their page. Weird.

 
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05-08-01, 12:10 PM   #8  
guard dog will prompt you when ever a system/program attempts to access your system. It can get a little annoying at times, it also will ask you if you are sure you want to give certain programs access to your internet connection. Very handy if someone slips in backorifice in an email, usualy in the form of a game..kinda like wak-a-mole.

If you have the ambition you can read the help files on custome security level and java security settings, then when you figure out the fix you can let the rest of us know.

Or maybe I will read it some day this week and see what can and cant be done, but help files are sooooo boring.

 
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05-09-01, 04:52 AM   #9  
Think I found it. Microsoft Knowledgebase article Q289902 describes a file in Windows/system (but it states it only applies to WINNT and WIN2000) called homepage.inf. Under [strings] you change the FirstHomePage setting to your home page. It seems to work for Win98 too.

Thanx for all your suggestions.


 
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05-10-01, 02:48 AM   #10  
i also have a question.my wife goes in all these free cards and jokes pages.there is one that i cannot get out of the computer called pass this on .com.cant find it in programs cant make it stay back to the default page any ideas?

 
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