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by DresserDan / December 24, 2008 1:30 AM PST

I did a system restore and now I canot get my home page to open on either the keyboard or from the IE When I open the Home it goes to AOL The home page keeps going to redirect.I have tryied restting every way I know how but still no home page.I am new to all this so any help would be great.Thank you

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by ColTom2 / December 25, 2008 9:12 AM PST
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Hi:

It would have helped to know the version of Windows that you have installed and also the version of your Internet Explorer.

Aside from that give this a try. If the following does not resolve your problem then reply back with the versions of XP and IE.

Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools>Internet Options>and on the first item listed on the General Tab is "Home page". If you view the URL listed in the block below it I am sure that it is not the address for your intended Home Page.

To reset your Home Page to what you desire do the following: Close out IE and then reopen IE and manually go to your desired Home Page and then go back up to Tools>Internet Options> and click on Use Current. This should change the URL listed in the block to the Home Page that you want back. Now and most importantly after you click on Use Current and the right URL appears click on APPLY at bottom right and then OK.

Close IE and now reopen it and you should have your desired Home Page back.

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by ColTom2 / December 25, 2008 9:38 AM PST
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Hi:

Just as soon as I posted my reply above I reread your posting and I now feel for sure that you have had your Home Page hijacked by some type spyware or malware.

You did not mention what Anti-Virus program that you are using, but you need to get the latest definition updates and run a complete scan with it. If for some reason you do not have an AV program installed I recommend AVG 8.0 Free http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html.

In addition, hopefully you also have some type spyware/malware programs also installed. You can only have one Anti-Virus program installed, but you can have as many spyware/malware programs that you wish. In fact, the more the better.

I recommend the following spyware/malware programs as a minimum:

1. If you have a version of XP installed then you are entitled to download and install Windows Defender for free: Here is the website http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=435bfce7-da2b-4a6a-afa4-f7f14e605a0d&displaylang=en

2. Ad-Aware 2008 Free from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=435bfce7-da2b-4a6a-afa4-f7f14e605a0d&displaylang=en

3.Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free from http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

You need to download and install the above if you do not have installed. After installations check for updates until all have the most current update and then run complete scans.

Hopefully the above will find the "hijacker" installed and you can remove it. Afterwards you can use my original posting above to reset your Home Page.

If this resolves your issue then you should remove all prior System Restore Points, because they will have contained the "hijacker", and establish a NEW System Restore Point.

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You're Using AOL?? They Want To Be
by tobeach / December 25, 2008 2:35 PM PST
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your Home Page so they can hit you with their advertising & tracking cookies etc.

In my 1st month computing on my 1st computer (Win98), I made the mistake of putting a "free" AOL disk. Ended up reformatting the HD to get rid of it since it slowed the machine to almost unusable.

Your choice of course! Good Luck! Happy

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by DresserDan / December 25, 2008 11:57 PM PST

Ok Thanks A bunch I was running a old out dated norton.On XP with IE 7 I am new to all this I did the restore but I never had a new restore.So not knowing this really made things worse.I loaded AVG and I already have Adaware and defender and yahoo spuware.I ran the adaware and AVG found something in it or attached to it.Anyway I got rid of it and redone the home page thing and it works.Thanks for all the great help.You really saved me

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by ColTom2 / December 26, 2008 2:40 AM PST
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Hi:

Glad that everything worked out for you and you now have your Home Page back.

You mentioned having Norton and I am sure that you uninstalled it prior to installing AVG 8.0, but Norton always leaves a lot of files on ones computer after the uninstall.

I recommend that you now run Norton's Removal Tool if you haven't already done so.
http://service1.symantec.com/Support/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039

Also if you do not have CCleaner installed I also recommend that you install it, as it is about the best general utility for cleaning out useless and redundant Windows files. Many users now use it because it is both free and effective.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

Tom

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by ColTom2 / December 26, 2008 4:55 AM PST
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Hopefully you turned System Restore "off" to delete all your prior SR Points including the hijacker file and back "on" to create a new SR Point.

If you didn't here are the procedures to do so:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405

When turning SR back on I recommend that you take your cursor and set it on 5% on the sliding bar to save HD space.

I normally do the above after defragging and being sure my system is OK about once a month or whenever.

Tom

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