REGISTRY WON'T SAVE CHANGES

You have probably already answered this for someone else, but I couldn't find it in the previous answers.

I have two machines I am dealing with that have had software downloaded that has changed the homepage and search page settings.  One is a Windows 2000 machine, the other is XP.

I have removed the downloaded software, I have changed the Internet Options.  I have gone into the registry and reset the start page, the search assistant, and the search bar.  I have changed or deleted every reference to the two programs I can find.  Problem?  When I reboot the systems the registries either rewrite or default to the previous settings.  I am telling the registry "OK" before I close out.

What am I missing?  Or is there a "save" function for regedit that I'm not seeing?
ChattLibGuyAsked:
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
I think your browser has been hijacked and its just being reset

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spiderfixCommented:
And...one of the best hijacker killers available is;

CWShredder
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Most of the links on my post are now dead thanks to the demise of webbatack give em to spiderfix :)
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spiderfixCommented:
I'll split it with you Pete.

Btw, I never did understand the name-change to snapfiles.com. Their explanation doesn't
even make sense.

http://www.snapfiles.com/webattack.html
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
<grin> they outgrew it - Always a pleasure

PL
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spiderfixCommented:
>>they outgrew it<<

That happens with pants not domain names ;)
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