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Homepage Hijack Question

by Rfk112025 / December 5, 2005 7:14 AM PST

Could my homepage be hijacked without my knowledge? If so, how would I be able to tell?

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Yep, It's Easy To Tell
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 5, 2005 8:36 AM PST

A Homepage Hijacker does EXACTLY THAT...Your original homepage turns into something that it wasn't before..Usually, the homepage becomes a search page of some sort..

To prevent that from occuring, download, install, update, and scan frequently with FREE spyware removal tools such as ALL of the ones in the links below.

Ad-Aware

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I would add SpywareBlaster 3.4 to the list...
by glenn30 / December 5, 2005 9:14 AM PST
In reply to: Yep, It's Easy To Tell

It prevents hijacking and other malware installation. Nice little software that uses little resources and just sits there guarding your computer. Only needs checking for updates to its signature files from time to time.

Get it here: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Glenn

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START page or HOME page??
by drwho / December 14, 2005 2:30 AM PST

Computer & Internet nomenclature can be very confusing to the newbie cause not everyone uses the same terms to mean the same thing. Case-in-point, some people refer to their ''Start Page'' as their ''Homepage'' and vice versa.

Your START PAGE is whatever you have set in your browser to always open when you start it up. THAT is quite easy to tell if it gets ''hijacked'' or otherwise changed since you see something other than what you are expecting when you start up. You don't HAVE to have one set; mine is set to 'BLANK' (i.e. do not load ANY page, start with a blank screen) since I don't really want to wait for some page to load before I start surfing.

Your HOME PAGE is stored on a server someplace just like all the other webpages accessible on the internet. Although it is POSSIBLE to hijack a personal homepage, there really would not be much reason to do so. Hijackers usually have criminal intent in-mind and are looking for ID Theft information such as PII, SSN, CC#, Banking Account number & PIN's, ETC when they do that.

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Hmmm, Interesting Terminology ..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 14, 2005 5:22 AM PST

You stated: "Your START PAGE is whatever you have set in your browser to always open when you start it up."

From Internet Explorer, (IE 6 SP2 here) click on "Tools", choose "Internet Options". On the "General" tab, I believe it says "Home Page" in the top section, not "Start Page"..

From an open Firefox browser, (FF 1.5 here) click on "Tools", choose "Options", then click on the "General" tab. I believe it says "Home Page" there as well.

Yep, computer nomenclature certainly CAN be confusing.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Usually when porn keeps popping up on start up,you know!
by Earth911 / December 15, 2005 4:48 PM PST

Usually pornsites are good at that little tick.You'll know because, everytime you start up computer you'll see Pam Anderson.Well amybe not her..

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