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IE Homepage piracy

By kroof ·
I have tried 3 times to eliminate all traces of this rogue software and it keeps coming back and changing the Homepage in IE 6.0. We assume it is a porn site, due to the implied nature of the content. We don't care what it is, we just want to get rid of it! It keeps changing to:

C:\Program Files\Startportal\Portal\portal.html.

My staff & I have wiped out what looks like all the entries in the registry and deleted the folder, "Startportal." Then emptied the recycle bin. We turn off the system, then boot up. Launch IE and it's gone for a couple of hours, Some time later, we launch IE again, and it's back. Any clue as to what mysterious program/script this may be. We assume it came in through our email and an attachment was opened.

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by Jennifer.Gardner In reply to IE Homepage piracy

You should download and install adaware from lavasoft. It's free, and should detect anything that shouldn't be running on your PC. Make sure you upgrade being doing the scan, so it will pick up all the latest nasties.

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by TheChas In reply to IE Homepage piracy

Have you tried disabling ActiveX?
If the home page does not change with ActiveX disabled, at least you know what you are looking for.

Another alternate, would be to install "Start Page Guard"


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by switz In reply to IE Homepage piracy

An easy way to stop this from happening in the future is to use the Group Policy Editor. From run, type gpedit.msc. Expand Administrative Templates, Windows Components and click on the folder Internet Explorer. Look in the right pane and you will see a tab called Disable Changing Home Page Settings (make sure your home page is set to what you want before going on). Now right click and click enable. Now, the home page can't be taken over and changed.

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by Kumaran In reply to IE Homepage piracy

Using Ad-Aware is a best option. For advanced Porn content handling, download the free software named SNITCH. This is available from,

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by wlbowers In reply to IE Homepage piracy

Get Spybot. Install it, Update it, and Run it.

A registery entry is probably reinstalling the offending hack.

Good Luck Lee

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