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By randerson7 ·
What has caused my IE in XP to only open with a Search engine called "onemoresearch.net"? The URL that shows in my address is called "about blank". It also prevents me from going to Microsoft? It brings pop-ups aplenty and has hijacked IE!

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by Shawn316 In reply to Home page is changed in I ...

I find the new Microsoft AntiSpyware program really good, I recommend downloading it if your running 2000/XP. It has many tools that ad-aware and spybot doesn't have. You can download it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

One of its features is a restore hijacked browser tool which in your case will really help if you don't have your problem fixed.

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by cglrcng In reply to Home page is changed in I ...

I'll add 2 great tools to the heap.

#1. Bazooka Spyware Scanner from; www.kephyr.com (A very quick, just seconds even, adware and browser hijacker scanner that tends to pick up the very worst that others mentioned just don't ever catch). It isn't an automatic removal tool, but the links of found items after a scan of seconds takes you online to his site w/ very specific reg editing instructions or avail. removal tool links. Hasn't yet failed to get out the worst of spyware, hijackers, trojans, or adware found, and have yet to lose or damage a registry following his explicit instructions (even when directing long distance friends or customers over phone or IM who have never reg edited in their lives).

#2. Perfect Companion or (NT), from; www.easdesksoftware.com as it has the easiest startup folder editing tool on the market. It will even find those "white text on white background" or bad startup folder install entries...I have seen both happen. Just start Perfect Companion, Take a Snapshot of all files, re-start it again, View and Edit Startup Group, and choose to save or remove the entries in the startup folder 1-by-1. Use a net based startup entries list and investigate what is there before removing any items. Bet you can really pare that list wayyyy down.

Good Luck.

Cg.

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I should tell you though that you shouldn't use the reg editing/cleaning tool in Perfect Companion on a healthy computer until you have practiced on a unit that you will be re-formatting soon as it took me quite a while to know exactly what was right to allow removal of and what wasn't. That tool drills & digs deep. I only hosed 2 registry's total out of hundreds attempted, but I was sorry both times. Luckily it backs itself up and they were fixable w/ support help. I use Norton WinDr. to clean registries, easier, cleaner, much quicker.

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by dcosgrove In reply to Home page is changed in I ...

Every body else has given you great advice so far. Additionally, you can try "highjack this" to remove certain search hooks and browser plugins. Unfortunately, you're problem is a difficult one to get rid of. If you have windows XP, I recommend reinstalling the OS using the following options: go past recovery console, and chose escape to install a fresh copy of windows, than leave the current file system intact. This will allow you to retain most of your information and still have a clean windows install. BUT before you use or even access any of your old stuff (located in c:/documents and settings/user profile name (ie default)) reinstall antivirus software and install microsofts anti spyware program. Good luck.

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by sandeep_ty123 In reply to Home page is changed in I ...

This is a very common issue while using Windows Xp.It happens when your system is infected with spyware,there a couple of steps to ensure that this issue is resolved.
1.Do a system restore process.
(This is a very gud tool is win xp which takes back the registry to the previous setting when your system was working fine)
In order to perform this....click My computer->All programs->Accessories->System tools->System restore.....just choose Restore my Computer to an earlier settings and choose a date when your system was working fine.Under most circumstances this should resolve the issue.If it does not.....restart your system and keep tapping the F8 key when it boots up and choose LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIG.....it would be handy as well.At the same time please ensure that you either have a service pack 2 installed or you can as well download Ad-aware,which helps removing the spyware items.

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