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HP Bloatware and Branding

by richardgc_1 / September 15, 2012 3:48 AM PDT

Just bought an HP h8-1230 Desktop computer and have finished ridding it of all HP bloatware,except for except their taking over MSN.com home page with their branding. Any way of getting rid of this?

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home page
by pgc3 / September 15, 2012 4:32 AM PDT

Control panel, internet options, home page, highlight homepage window backspace to remove, type in MSN.COM (if that is what you use) click apply, then ok. Go back and open up IE and see what it looks like, it should have changed.

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HP is getting as bad as other rogue websites!
by richardgc_1 / September 15, 2012 7:46 AM PDT
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Tried what you suggested and no luck, Hp has it set so the only page you can use as your home page is the one they have chosen for you. there worse than spyware; at least spyware can be removed!!

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Re: homepage
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 15, 2012 7:58 AM PDT

Some people have their (Internet) security set in such a way that it blocks changing the homepage. It's a feature of Spybot also, if I remember well. If that's the case, there's no need to blame HP, only the person that installed and setup that security.

Things to try:
1. http://www.techiecorner.com/8/how-to-disable-or-enable-homepage-setting-in-internet-explorer tells how to edit the registry to lock/unlock (you might prefer the last) the home page settings for IE.
2. For IE the startpage (the set of startpages) is defined in the registry. You can change it with regedit. See http://superuser.com/questions/151536/ie8-registry-location-for-multiple-home-page-tabs
3. You can use another browser like Firefox or Chrome. I don't think they will be affected by anything anybody did with the home page settings for Internet Explorer.

Kees

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Homepage
by pgc3 / September 15, 2012 8:07 AM PDT
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It is nothing to do with HP as you said and it could well be settings in security. I did a brand new HP set up 2 days ago and had no issues making IE the homepage BUT that was prior to the installation of other software(s).

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HP Bloatware
by richardgc_1 / September 16, 2012 12:58 AM PDT
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Above solved the problem. Now able to adjust home page. Thanks

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