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By sevenx70 ·
I'm running Windows 2000 Professional. When I startup my PC, the URL for my home page has been changed from www.techrepublic.com to another URL. I've looked in Startup\Programs but the folder is empty. Where else could this program be located? How do I delete it?

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by TheChas In reply to Startup locations

One thing you can do, is to install Start Page Guard.

http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/spg/

I also suggest a program like AdAware
www.lavasoft.de
to search for ad ware and spyware installed on your PC.

You can import the program msconfig from a W98 PC, run it, and click on the startup tab to see what programs run at startup.

Otherwise, there are several 'run' keys in the registry.

CAUTION: editing the registry can cause your PC to fail.
Create a backup copy of the registry, or a restore point.
Proceed with do caution and diligence.

Run regedit, and search for runonce
Above each runonce, will be a run key.
Check what programs are listed in the run keys.
Delete any that you are certain you do not need or want.I would also search on the web address, or web site name.
Many of these sites place code in the registry to make them your default home page.

Chas

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by sevenx70 In reply to Startup locations

"HijackThis" did a better job than "Ad-aware 6.0."

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by timwalsh In reply to Startup locations

Are you saying that IE now starts automatically when you turn on your computer, or merey that something changed the homepage from what it used to be?

The homepage setting for IE is located at Internet Explorer Tools menu | Internet Options | HomePage

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