IE6 keeps jumping to MSN.COM behaving like a spyware hijack.
Posted on 2006-06-13
I have a problem with internet explorer (IE6 with xp pro & sp2) where it keeps reverting to msn.com despite going into internet options and then use current, or blank for that matter. I’ve never had this problem before, especially straight after a fresh OS rebuild where browsing the net was strictly limited to trusted sights to obtain drivers, etc.
The symptom arose more or less immediately when I’d finished patching and then went about the paces of data migration, so no action other than rebuilding has forced this problem to appear. The OS installation had sp2 as part of the installation rather than as a separate addition.
To accompany the OS I immediately installed, after the patching, the free Zonealarm as firewall, Windows Defender beta and Lavasoft Adware Personal as anti-spyware, and then Avast anti-virus. I have tried the best breed spyware and anti-virus detection software - Spybot, CWshredder, Spydoctor, webspy, etc; all revealing nothing suspicious.
I have spent considerable time reading the existing postings, applied the advice given – ran sfc scannow, ran the ie.inf install, but still the browser points to msn.com. I have never seen anything like it.
I have also installed firefox as a secondary browser, with IE being the default browser, could this be the culprit?
Would downloading and re-installing sp2 solve the problem or make it worse, or do nothing?
Your contributions are (obviously) welcomed as it is rather urgent as I have spent nearly 2 days building this thing - its a raid 0 (stripe) setup , Dell 9150 intel on board raid controller, and am not in the slightest bit interested in starting again, but at the same time want this build to be as best as it will ever be....
I am quite experienced, been in the IT support industry for nearly 20 years and this is a real first for me to throw my hands up and ask for help.
I will publish hijack-this dump some point in the next 24 hours but would entertain contributions in the meantime.