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Mr. T
27-06-2003, 03:54 PM
Hi. Everytime I open a fresh brower, the homepage is reset to "http://%77%77%77%2e%63%6f%6f%6c%77%77%77%73%65%61%72%63%6 8%2e%63%6f%6d/%7a/%61/%78%31%2e%63%67%69?%31%30%30 about:blank" which makes it coolwwwsearch.com, some stupid ad page.

I've tried alot of things (running the latest adaware, installing IE6 service pack 1)but to no avail.

Any help, please?

Mr. T
27-06-2003, 03:56 PM
I forgot to say that I can't install any virus definition updates because NAV wants me to pay for liveupdate. Does anyone know where the free defintions are?

stu140103
27-06-2003, 04:15 PM
> I forgot to say that I can't install any virus
> definition updates because NAV wants me to pay for
> liveupdate. Does anyone know where the free
> defintions are?

Let me guess your subscription service has expired, if so try uninstalling NAV & reinstalling it, it may work, also try AVG( free): http://www.grisoft.com/

stu140103
27-06-2003, 04:18 PM
> Hi. Everytime I open a fresh brower, the homepage is
> reset to
> "http://%77%77%77%2e%63%6f%6f%6c%77%77%77%73%65%61%72%
> 3%68%2e%63%6f%6d/%7a/%61/%78%31%2e%63%67%69?%31%30%30
> about:blank" which makes it coolwwwsearch.com, some
> stupid ad page.
>
> I've tried alot of things (running the latest
> adaware, installing IE6 service pack 1)but to no
> avail.

In adaware have you done a complete scan??? Also try SpyBot (do a search of Press f1 & you can find where to download it :))
& In IE go to tool > Internet option & you can change your home there.

Hope this helps

Mr. T
27-06-2003, 04:50 PM
Changing my homepage didn't work... it just changes back.

Thanks anyway!

Murray P
27-06-2003, 08:47 PM
Hi Mr.

Try this. Tools > Internet Options, general tab > Settings > View Objects. Look for any suspicious looking files in there, check there properties to see who owns them or what their depencies are (this methd worked for me a couple of times for clocksync). Also do a search for cool or coolwww and see wahat pops up plus check add/remove for new apps.

Try Spybot as suggested, set to inocculate nothing should take over your home page again. There's also a very good FAQ on this subject on PF1.

HTH Murray P

Greg S
27-06-2003, 09:13 PM
Try the FAQ's here: http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=21606
and here:
http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=21607

Murray P
27-06-2003, 09:25 PM
Thanks Greg, I was too lazy to link them :8}

Mr. While I'm on Spybot, it has an option to: lock Hosts File, Lock IE Homepage. So once you have it sorted, give that a go if you want.

Cheers Murray P

beama
27-06-2003, 10:38 PM
yes spybot can lock your homepage so that other web pages cant set themselves up as your home page

Mr. T
27-06-2003, 10:46 PM
Sorry if I sound a bit stupid, but how exactly do I get spybot to lock my homepage?

Murray P
28-06-2003, 12:27 AM
If you haven't already got get it here (http://security.kolla.de/). Get into the Immunise window and look for the check boxes at the bottom of the page.

Cheers Murray P

Mr. T
28-06-2003, 12:00 PM
Sweet as mate. I'm probably going to have to get my liveupdate updated... have Symantec always forced you to subscribe for virus defs?

stu140103
28-06-2003, 12:06 PM
> Sweet as mate. I'm probably going to have to get my
> liveupdate updated... have Symantec always forced you
> to subscribe for virus defs?

I think so ?:|