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Home Page Selection Box "greyed out" in Internet Options

by raysavage / May 3, 2005 4:35 AM PDT

I am running win-xp-he OS with IE ver 6.0 as my browser. When I open the Internet Options Tool, I find that the Home Page Selection Box is "greyed out".
How do I correct this?

Ray Savage

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Re: home page selection box greyed out.
by Kees Bakker / May 3, 2005 6:25 AM PDT

This points to malware. Run the usual checks (Spybot, Adaware, housecall, to start with; hijackthis as a last resort).

You can try to change it directly in the registry. It's in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main, then Start Page on the right side. But most malware will reset it to their own preferences.

Good luck,


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by raysavage / May 3, 2005 1:54 PM PDT

Thanks for your reply and suggestions. See Tufenuf and my reply below.
Many thanks again!

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That was the best cause you can imagine!
by Kees Bakker / May 3, 2005 5:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!!

Sorry if I caused panic. Totally unnecessary in this case.


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Here's another possible cause.
by Tufenuf / May 3, 2005 7:09 AM PDT

Ray, If you have Spybot Search & Destroy installed open it, click on Tools, click on IE Tweaks, and uncheck "Lock IE start page setting against user changes [current user]".


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You're Right!!
by raysavage / May 3, 2005 1:51 PM PDT


Thanks for your reply. You are right. Unchecked "Lock IE" in S&D IE Tweaks and everything is now OK.


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Re: You're Right!!
by Tufenuf / May 3, 2005 10:01 PM PDT
In reply to: You're Right!!

Ray, Glad to see that the setting in Spybot S&D was the answer. If I were you after you change your homepage to what you want I'd go back into Spybot and lock the homepage again. It's a good feature and it will prevent malware from changing your homepage. Thanks for posting back to let us know.


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