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IE hijacked

  • Internet Explorer
  • Hijack
  • Google
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
April 20, 2004 2:55:41 PM

First, I will be cross-posting this message in all OS areas because I beleive it can happen in any OS.

Running 98SE on an old laptop as a 4th pc in the house. Somewhere along the line my browser IE was hijacked. My homepage has been changed to If I change it back to my comcast homepage it stays there only untill I reboot. If I do a search from the Google Toolbar I get{search text} at, not Google. I have run Spy-Bot, AdAware, NAV, RegCleanerPro, removed and installed Google, and checked running processes and services. No luck fixing this. Some keywords may be - search with us!, search-dot, and, maximum search. ANY IDEAS ?

For it is not what is seen, but what is not seen. :eek: 

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April 20, 2004 3:10:11 PM

You have got some one hacking your computer so if i were you i would just re-install my os all over because as you said you have done alot of system checks. So the easiest way is to reinstall the OS.
April 20, 2004 6:33:18 PM

Rather than trashing your OS install and formatting, you could try directions here:

After that, I would suggest finding a good tutorial on securing IE, make sure you ahve all windows updates installed, use a popup blocker, and don't download shareware/freeware from internet.
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April 22, 2004 2:32:47 AM

Thanks all. Got it. Ran Spy-Bot again after updating. It found 9 hijack entries. My homepage and all search sites were redirected to the same search-dot IP address. Spy-Bot made the repairs.
Everything is good again.

For it is not what is seen, but what is not seen. :eek: 
May 1, 2004 12:57:10 PM

Good as far as it goes. If you want to keep this kind of thing from happening again, then get yourself a copy of WinPatrol (freeware) and let it keep an eye on that kind of thing. It will also alert you if something tries to install a program to run at system startup, which is another spyware/adware trick.

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