Hijack This default start page is "about:blank"
Posted 14 July 2004 - 11:57 AM
This morning I decided to run Hijack This v1.98 again because I found a software program newly installed on my machine that keeps returning after I delete it with RegCleaner @ JV. The program author is 'Preview' and the software has the encrypted name "Z~I~wvIIZRf"
My original hijack began June 24th when I discovered "Netdb.exe" attached to my AVG System Startup program. "Hijack This" was able to disarm that entry and so began the rest of my odessy as told above.
Anyway, is "about:blank" supposed to be the default page?
BTW: a possible entrance to my latest problem may have occurred this morning at Maj. Geeks. I downloaded the program "CyberTweaks Dialup ME". When I clicked on the download, Spybot warned me that it successfully blocked a melware (I forget the name, sorry). When I attempted to install CTDME, it acted very odd and whatever CTDME was never installed. I recieved an install icon that acted like it is broken or corrupted.
Thanks in Advance,
Posted 14 July 2004 - 01:41 PM
The fix for this problem is twoofold, the first part is go and reinstall IE you can get the download file from www.download.com, then run the file this will start IE from scratch and kil any about blank garbage out of the system, however you alsoneed to look at your surfing habits, these things dont just happen they come from certain web sites that try to change the way IE behaves and is part of a growing number of merchandisers who use a fault in IE to gather info on surfers, so be very careful where you surf and you might also want to check your security settings, to do this click on tools, options/ then the privacy tab, see whre the slider is, it should NOT be a the bottm or lowest setting. if it is jsut slice it up then close IE reboot and then try again.
Posted 14 July 2004 - 02:44 PM
I havn't as yet gone to Foxfire or Opera because I tried to be loyal to IE and was delaying use of Foxfire until the end of the month. Stupid...move on my part.
My surfing habits have been curtailed for the past week. No porn or other iffy sites, unless sites such as E-bay, Drudge are now concidered unsafe (for IE apparently true). For the past week I've traversed to several security sites, read forums such as Spywareinfo, Maj Geeks, Wilders, etc. I have avoided suspect malware software, only installing reputable clients like iespyad, kooljava, CWSchedder, etc.
From your terse response I suspect you fellas are being swamped. The amount and sophistation of recent malware attacks is incredible.
Thanks for the advise, Tpneer, I will be downloading Firefox immediately after the IE reinstall.
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