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DrudgeReport.com RedirectedDefault Home Page in IEIE LAN SettingsHi,
  I have a strange situation with this user's Windows 7 PC.
  He as two browsers - IE and Firefox. Recently this computer was attacked by some type of viruses and it planted some stuff in Proxy settings, so I had to clear those in both browsers.
  Now the problem is that even if I set the home page to http://www.drudgereport.com/ on both IE and Firefox, when I open them, it displays an error screen like above screenshots.
  I can visit ESPN.com, YAHOO.com w/o a problem.
  The reason "Proxy server" section looks recessed is because I ran GPEDIT and disabled it so that no one can add anything to proxy server section.

  Can you help?
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SearchConduit malware taken over ChromeChrome Search Engine SettingYes They subscribe to AT&T  DSL Service. I just ran NSLOOKUP and it showed:
C:\Users\Brent>nslookup ibm.com
Server:  dsldevice.att.net
Address:  192.168.1.254

I also just installed Google Chrome and I can browse www.drudgereport.com.
Now I am just confused as to why Google Chrome does something different from IE and Firefox.
Also I noticed that this computer is infected with SearchConduit malware. Even though I set default URL to google.com in Chrome, it displays something else like screenshot.
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Conduit Search – Virus Removal Guide

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-conduit-search-virus/
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You can remove Conduit in 'Uninstall programs' but you also need to change the default home page and search engine too.  Just did that on a client's computer this evening.  And usually if you have Conduit, you also have several of it's 'friends'.  My client had 6 different installs from yesterday and she said she didn't install anything on purpose.  I just looked at the install dates in the Add/Remove Programs list to find them.
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This info is just telling that ATT forces DNS lookups to go thru their service.  I've seen this on other AT&T modems.  I have a Netgear router that does that also.  It screws up the 'nslookup' program but still allows 'normal' DNS queries to go thru.
C:\Users\Brent>nslookup ibm.com
Server:  dsldevice.att.net
Address:  192.168.1.254

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Update:
I found an article on google regarding SearchConduit. It suggested that I use CCleaner. So I downloaded it and ran it and and it worked.
IE and Firefox displays drudgereport.com as home page upon start.
This computer has spydoctor anti-virus program installed, but when it scans the hard drive,  it does not catch SearchConduit as virus or malware.
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