EXTREME difficulty removing about:blank from Windows 98
Posted on 2005-03-23
I've read solutions listed in a previous post with a similar problem, but nothing has worked so far. I've tried Ad Aware (paid $29.95 for registration key), CWShredder, Spybot, etc., but about:blank keeps reappearing -- defaulting my home page to it. Plus, there are 4 porn site addresses that keep getting added to my "Add Favorites" drop down list. All this seems to occur once I access the Internet. My Yahoo homepage works the first time, but subsequent times it changes to about:blank. When I run Spybot, for example, it identifies 102 critical issues. But when Spybot is in the process of deleting these, my pc always freezes up during the "Deleting Files" phase and the job never gets finished, especially when trying to delete what I found to be "Trojans"?? I think the file names are something like "dirc"? Also, I keep getting error messages that force me to close windows programs, pop-ups keep appearing, internal error messages come up that will not allow me to click on "Ignore" to continue, the pc is SLOW, often having to wait because programs are "Not Responding", etc., etc., etc. I can never get anythig accomplished! Various other messages I've received at times include, "Default URL Search Hook Missing" (NOTE: Ad Aware does not fix this issue when I click on "Fix It"). I've also received "C:\Windows\System\Nethx32.exe not found". These are not consistent errors, but I have seen them appear. Other issues noted by spyware removal programs that appear to be problems include, CWS, Side Search, Power Scan, Booked Space, 180Solutions, Spyware Distribution, eUniverse, eGroup, Bargain Buddy, A Better Internet and Browser Hijack.
I am not an expert with computers, but I am technical enough to understand technical solution ideas and work on my computer with them. I hope this is all helpful information, and thank you in advance for your time. I am rating this as 500 points because of all the troubles I have had, so I hope I am doing this correctly. Thanks, Ken