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Home Page on IE is messed up

Posted on 2000-03-16
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Hi, sorry if this question is unclear, if it is just ask me more questions.  I visited www.gohip.com one day and a box prompted me w/a yes/no question (maybe a certificate or   something, i don't know).  Without thinking (stupid me), I clicked "Yes" and next thing I know everytime I load Internet Explorer to surf the internet the first page that loads is GoHip.  No matter how many times I change my internet options and the home page specified www.gohip.com loads after i RESTART my computer the next time.  I think there is a hidden file somewhere on my computer that is changing my IE settings every time I try to change them back to normal.  I don't know though.  Can someone please just help me get it back to normal so when I load IE, the page I want to load will load and NOT gohip.com. PLEASE help me!
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by:LadyKath
ID: 2626598
Are you chaning you home page address in the control panel, internet options? If not that is where you should start. In using IE try setting the address to  msn..most of us know Bill can override most anything.
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by:LogicLoader
ID: 2626760
There are several ways that this could happen. Most likely, you encountered a java script that can change your home site. Now what is happening is that some startup call is doing it over and over. This happens only when you reboot, right?

There is no easy way. You will have to check all of these places for anything weird. Look for the string that is the url of the website as a starter.
1. C:\autoexec.bat
2. C:\Windows\win.ini
   [windows]
   run=
Check for anything that might run from here. Track any files that you do not recognize and see what they do.
3. C:\Windows\system.ini
   [386Enh]
Look for a command line here too.
4. Registry(via regedit.exe)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Check for any weird commands that are run from here. Also check the same sub-key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
5. Similarly check the Startup folder on the Start Menu.
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by:hiap_ho
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try this
go to
start>>run>>type in msconfig and press [enter];

try to find something that you might suspect from gohip. Delete that.
Start finding from autoexec.bat, startup, then win.ini, and system.ini and lastly config.sys. Hope it'll help

Regards,

Hiap Ho
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albarbu earned 20 total points
ID: 2627434
this site site called "Gohip.com" is worst than a virus :))
it install a program called "Windows Startup"  into your start menu that
will keep reconfiguring your browser to go to this site at startup.
All you have to do is click Start / Programs/Startup and delete "Windows Startup"
Remove the "Signature" from your email client with their ad(each mail address found there will be "infected", telling them to visit "gohip page") and finaly reset your browser to open to the site you want it.
if you are familiarized with regedit change these keys into:

REGEDIT4
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Search Page"="http://home.microsoft.com/access/allinone.asp";
"Search Bar"="http://home.microsoft.com/search/lobby/search.asp";
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL]
""="http://home.microsoft.com/access/autosearch.asp?p=%s";
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search]
"SearchAssistant"="http://ie.search.msn.com/{SUB_RFC1766}/srchasst/srchasst.htm";

hope it help

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