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By kokwee_1867 ·
I'm running WIN98. And now suddenly my IE Homepage
has automatically set to websearch.com. I unable to delete it. There's a search bar on my IE too.
I hate it. Somebody pls guide me. I don't want to Format my drive..

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by dkzgambo In reply to Search Bar

Though am not well conversant with WIn98, i believe all IE work the same.

Open internet Explorer- Tools-Internet Options, under general, change the address that is there and click on Apply then OK.

If it doesnt work, try clicking on Use Blank tab -Apply then change it to what u want.

Also delete your history and cookies.

Cheers

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As for the search bar, it means something was installed on your machine. Check in the Control Panel-Add Remove Programmes bar and see if websearch is there. Unistall it if found.

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by diskaus In reply to Search Bar

As dkzgambo@yahoo.com said, all IE operate the same (to a degree), the later the version the more features it has.If you have not done so already i sugggest you update from Microsoft , you go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/usingwindows/default.asp
to get your win 98 updates, or get a later operatin system. failing that if you buy the monthly computer magazines you often find lots of useful utilities on thier Cds. You should install and run frequently a spyware program (Spybot search and destroy) and an adaware program (Ad-aware 6 or better)Both available for download from http://www.tucows.com/top_program_1565.html

But there is one thing to remember , Windows 98/98se is no longer supported by microsoft, i.e. there will be no more new downloads available, i suggest you download all and burn to disk before they dissapear all together.

Hope this helps you, need more just say the word :-))

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by rindi1 In reply to Search Bar

Download spyware search & destroy from the web (you can find it by googling). Install it then run the update for it. Once installed scan your PC for malware with this program. You will probably see many such bugs on your system. Now tell Spybot S&D to remove these. Reboot your PC and repeat the check, until all malware has been removed. Test your IE (set the default homepage as described above to the page you want, like described above already, and it should stay.).

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by trockii In reply to Search Bar

Websearch is new spyware. It takes over your internet homepage and won't let you change it back. I had the same problem and used Spybot search and destroy as well as 3 other spyware and adware removers. I ended up having to go into the registry and manually search for all instances of websearch and delete it. You will also want to empty your temp internet files along with all your cookies. Hope this helps.

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by Lord Ago 1 In reply to Search Bar

The others had it right with spybot and ad-aware. Keep them updated and use them often!! Since you're using win98, you can also use 2 other tools to help keep things out. First would be a hosts file. A simple search will find you one. Keep it write protected until you need to add in more lines to it. Next would be MYIE2. MYIE2 has a lot of blocking capabilities to help keep the nasties out!! Keep in mind that new problems keep showing up quite often which is why you have to keep your scanners updated. You can add in new blocks to MYIE2 pretty easy. Once you know about the particular problem, you can add it into MYIE2 and/or the hosts file and keep them from returning. Keep a list of what you added into MYIE2 so in case of fresh windows install, you can just put the blocks right back in.

Both SpyBot and MYIE2 have a homepage lock to help with most known hijackers. Keep in mind that new ones have been able to get through and cause problems. Yeah, this happend to me a few times even with all the above mentioned!!!

Have Fun!!

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