|23 Jun 2012||#1|
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Got Your Browser Hi-jacked?
Two days ago, one of the more successful hijack sites got hold of my Firefox in Windows 7. They were my home page no matter what I did to get rid of them. WinPatrol had not alerted me that my home page had been changed, and my up-to-date anti-virus program didn't stop them.
Researching on the web, I learned:
There is more than one hijack program, even for the same site, and therefor THERE IS NO ONE CURE THAT WILL WORK FOR EVERYONE.
There are complicated procedures that change your registry, but they only work for some people.
Deleting your browser and re-installing it works if the program is in your browser, but not in your registry. Even changing to a different browser will not help if this is the case.
Various expensive anti-malware programs claim that they will get rid of the problem. They don't tell you there is a fee until after you're spent over an hour doing their scan.
Three methods I used worked on the spot, but the next time I went on, the hijacker site was back.
Go to search and type "Proxy." This takes you to your homepage settings. SOMETIMES you can type the url of the homepage you want (i.e. google.com) and it will work.
Sometimes it is not in your registry, but they installed a program that forces you to go to their site. Believe it or not, go to Control Panel, Programs, and uninstall the program. No joke, this worked for me after three hours of trying other methods, but it will not work for everyone.
Hope this helps.
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