The last time Skype updated the software to 6.7, I immediately started having a problem after the update.
During the Skype update, it appears that a new registry key was written to Internet Explorer Main. This key sets a value for "First Home Page" of http://g.msn.com/1ewenusDefaultPack/UP97_FRPage
This registry key and url, when IE starts, bypasses my normal home page and redirects to http://www.bing.com/rewards/signup/webtou?form=MFE¿REW&publ=skypeuniversalinstaller&crea=TEXT_MFEREW_¿
... which is an advertisement to join Bing Rewards and get free Skype credit.
I have tried removing the key, it is immediately written back.
I have tried various malware removal tools, and have been able to temporarily remove the issue - but it as soon as I start using Skype again, the issue is back. I've tried uninstalling Skype. To no avail. Whatever was installed with Skype doesn't seem to get uninstalled with Skype.
Understand, this is not a matter of resetting the home page. My home page has not changed, and it doesn't matter to what url it is set (including, for example about:blank.) There is a new registry setting that is overriding the chosen home page.
Can someone please tell me how to remove this issue and how to keep it from re-occuring?
One comment I had received on another forum was that this "offer" should only be extended one time after the installation of the Bing toolbar. But the Bing toolbar is not installed. I did try installing and uninstalling the Bing toolbar to see if the issue would go away - to no avail.