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01-03-2001, 07:49 PM
W98, IE5. searchengine2000 has installed itself as use default home page. I need to know how to get rid of it Home page can be changed as all the books say but next time the computor is switched on the default page is there again. Clearing history, temp pages, cookies and cookies allows the computor to be off for about 10 minutes before the home page changes when turned on. (Restarting the computor without clearing the temp files and cookies changes the home page back to searchengine2000 straight away but if the temp files and cookies are cleared then restarting does not change the home page. The computor must be off for 10 min or so before it changes when switched on again) Original default settings are OK until computor is next turned on.
The offending page is advertising and I feel it is being reinstalled by a spyware program which I need to get rid of. (ref ad aware at www.lavasoft.de ). The doubleclick cookie is the only file which shows up with ad aware check. ISP help have no answer, but if they rely on advertising, then it wouldn't be in their interests to get rid of it.
I am a novice at this but searched around the registry and there are five references.
1. HKEL/_CURRENT_USER / SOFTWARE / MICROSOFT / Internet Explorer / Main / Default_Page_URL. 'http://www.searchengine2000.com'
2. (as above) Default _Search_U... 'http://www.searchengine2000/search.htm'
3. (as above) Search Bar 'http://www.searchengine2000/search.htm'
4. (as above) Search Page 'http://www.searchengine2000/search.htm'
5. (as above) Start Page 'http://www.searchengine2000/search.htm' (This one changes when home page is changed but returns when the computor is started.
I have changed the data on these files to another web page which changes the default while the computor is on but reverts back to the unwanted page when the computor is restarted.

01-03-2001, 08:27 PM
Hi John, try this, start/find/files and folders.
In the named field enter *.inf in the contains text field enter searchengine2000. hit enter and note any files found if none found broaden the search. Report results
Regards PC.

03-03-2001, 12:52 AM
Thanks Peter. Nil return to that *.inf search.

04-03-2001, 12:55 AM
John, you describe a problem that - sadly - may only become more prevalent in the future. Although not providing a solution to your question, you may be interested in the following article.

http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2689655,00.html

04-03-2001, 10:31 AM
...just had a thought: have you tried repairing your Browser? I've had some success in the past after annoying sites and software have altered its settings.

For those not familar, turn off running applications and go: Start > programmes > accessories > system tools > system information > tools > 'Internet Explorer Repair Tool'. Select 'Repair Internet Explorer' then click 'okay' then 'Yes'.

The process takes only a few minutes - then click 'yes' to restart your system.