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Windows 7: Homepage is always changing

24 Feb 2011   #11
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

I guess my question here is: Can this problem be fixed and is Kaspersky doing it's job or do I need to look at other alternatives/options? (If this is the right question to post in this category)


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24 Feb 2011   #12
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well those things found are nothing much.

By far the best explaination is a piece of HP crapware doing this too you. The chance of a virus changing your home page to HPs website are astronomically small

In the old days HP would ship with it's own customized verion of ie! Thank goodness those days are gone.

But try my previous suggestion of mssconfig.exe. It has to be some piece of HP software. EIther in your startup, or possibly installed as an IE addon. you can look for IE Addons here from IE itself from Tools->Manage addons in the IE menu bar. If you see somthing in there like "HP blah blah.." then disable it

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P.S. Though this acts like a contracted "virus" there is very little chance that any antivirus is going to touch it because it really is a "legitimate" piece of software installed by the manufacturer
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24 Feb 2011   #13
panais

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Well those things found are nothing much.

By far the best explaination is a piece of HP crapware doing this too you. The chance of a virus changing your home page to HPs website are astronomically small

In the old days HP would ship with it's own customized verion of ie! Thank goodness those days are gone.

But try my previous suggestion of mssconfig.exe. It has to be some piece of HP software. EIther in your startup, or possibly installed as an IE addon. you can look for IE Addons here from IE itself from Tools->Manage addons in the IE menu bar. If you see somthing in there like "HP blah blah.." then disable it

Edit:

P.S. Though this acts like a contracted "virus" there is very little chance that any antivirus is going to touch it because it really is a "legitimate" piece of software installed by the manufacturer
<<Crapware>>,a new word in computing world
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24 Feb 2011   #14
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

I was able to get the message about the homepage changing to go away in the add-ons section but now everytime I change the homepage to yahoo or something it changes back to HP's AOL page automatically. Even if I click the Apply button it still does that but I do see some questionable things in the msconfig window:


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24 Feb 2011   #15
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

this sounds to me like a legacy from your Norton install and is to do with "norton homepage protections" , do you have any part of Norton still installed ? otherwise I think its a case of tracking down the reg key and associated .exe ?
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24 Feb 2011   #16
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

I no longer own Norton at all after what it did to me. Nor do I have it installed at all. However, wouldn't a reformat and reinstall have fixed that issue? I guess as long as I got that message to quit coming up is OK for now since I use Firefox heavily but IE comes in handy from time to time.
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24 Feb 2011   #17
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

I just went into Kaspersky's application control and found something suspicious that may be causing the home page trouble but don't know where this utility would be located:


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25 Feb 2011   #18
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

so have you done a format and reinstall ?

there is an AOL utility that is strangely enough called "aol homepage protection utility" so maybe look for that in control panel\programs & features and unninstall it ?
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25 Feb 2011   #19
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you have Spybot S&D and TeaTimer installed, TeaTimer will try to protect your home page too.
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26 Feb 2011   #20
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

I'll have to see about protecting my homepage. There is no AOL Utility in the control panel. However, I went into SAS and looked and here it was the one that was not letting me change the homepage. I tweaked it to allow me to change the page and it seems to be OK now.
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