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By CALDERC2 ·
my home page was hijacked -by search engine (hijack) I can not get rid of it- I tried changing the default home page, but it comes back to the hijack page -
I found the hijack file, but iam afraid if I delete it- will corrupt the winsock -keeping
me from connecting to the internet.
any help appreciated.

carl

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by LMon In reply to hijacked homepage

Download, install and update either spybot serarch and destroy or Adaaware by lavasoft. The are free programs that help remove spyware. If those dont work you can always downlad Highjack this very powerful program but destroy your registry if used wrong.

I would then update your virus scanner and run that also.

Once they are complete try changing your home page. It should change to what you want it to be.

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by pierrejamme In reply to hijacked homepage

You didn't mention your OS, very crucial info. for Windows ME and XP you will need to turn off "System Restore". (My computer\Properties)
If updated SpyBot Search and Destroy and updated AdAware didn't work, look in your hosts file if you have one. It should look like this:
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost

Another option is to download Hijack this for removal. It is not an easy program to use though so read instructions closely. It can be downloaded at:
http://download.com.com/3000-8022-10227352.html?tag=lst-0-3

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by DouglasB In reply to hijacked homepage

Do an Internet search for CWShredder.exe. This program will check for clearsearch, and remove programs that hijack your home page. Very easy to use.

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by wlbowers In reply to hijacked homepage

Turn off system restore if it is used in your os.

Download, update, and run the following.

Your Antivirus Software

Spybot:
http://tinyurl.com/ziar

Ad-Aware:
http://tinyurl.com/tek5

CWshredder:
http://tinyurl.com/2bzef
Or
http://tinyurl.com/2k642
Look for the file in English CWShredder.exe

Hijack This:
http://mjc1.com/mirror/hjt/

Hijack This is useful in that it shows what is currently loading on startup. You must know what is good and what is bad. Once you check it and fix it is gone. So be sure.

Run Your Antivirus again

I have had to boot into safe mode and run these.

Good Luck Lee

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