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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   DelRay

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Posted August 01 2004 - 03:12 AM

Sure could use some help here. Everytime I go into internet explorer now, to surf the web,my homepage is "about blank". Well, thats what the adress bar reads anyways. I cannot access e-mail from yahoo or hotmail. As soon as the password is typed in and "go to" is pressed, it goes back to that homepage "about blank". I can't seem to get any other homepage to work as a default either. Is this damn thing a virus. All this spyware stuff pops up when the homepage is first accessed. I have norton anti-virus installed. I need a new homepage.

#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Chris

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Posted August 01 2004 - 03:19 AM

Get a product like Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/) and do a scan.

about:blank is just a setting for "no" in order to make sure IE doesn't load up a webpage on start. You can of course, set a new homepage under tools/internet options Posted Image

But, I'd scan for spyware as soon as you can if you're getting popups and other crap.
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted August 01 2004 - 03:28 AM

I've re-read your post about five times, and I think it finally registered Posted Image This link seems to describe your problem and how to fix it.
http://www.akadia.co...lank_virus.html

It was the first link when I Googled "virus about: blank"
http://www.google.co...... about:blank

Hope this helps.

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Byron_T

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Posted August 01 2004 - 03:39 AM

I had this problem and you will need these programs:

Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
Hijack This

You can find these for free all over the net.

Then go to this link:

http://computercops....postt60232.html

Follow the post exactly and it should fix the problem.
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#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Chris

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Posted August 01 2004 - 03:54 AM

Another good one to have is AboutBuster, especially for VX2 spyware problems.

http://www.malwarebytes.biz/

This tool is unbelievably useful, and works far quicker then Ad-Aware, SpyBot, etc. at solving this problem.. it doesn't solve any other spyware problem, but if you get the res://(some random name).dll/ type problem, then this fixes it right away.
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#6 of 10 OFFLINE   DelRay

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Posted August 01 2004 - 04:19 AM

Thanks guys. I'll try your suggestions. DaveF, Your first link was right on the money. Now to find someone who can fix it. My computer skills are rather limited:b

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Posted August 01 2004 - 05:10 AM

I hate to say it, but after working on my bro in-law's computer for hours we finally had to give up and re-format it to get rid of this problem. There is a ton of stuff out there on this problem and everyone says that they fixed it. Sometimes it does for a while but it will keep coming back. It will also suck your PC's resources dry. It will get slower and slower the longer you go. If your skills are limited, do a restore or reformat your PC. It is the only way to get rid of this problem. And for God's sake stop using Internet Explorer! I like Netscape along with Panicware's Pop-up stopper. IE is only used for windows update and for multimedia sites that don't work with netscape on my machine. Good luck. -Wes

#8 of 10 OFFLINE   DelRay

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Posted August 01 2004 - 10:05 AM

Well, nothing seemed to work. Actually, I was probably doing something wrong trying to work those programs. And was about to use the restore disc, when the norton antivirus pops up and asks if I want to remove the trojan horse "about blank". I clicked yes. It then pops up and asks if I want to remove the backdoor virus also, C:/windows/ bla bla bla. Damn right! Everything seems to be working so far. However I will be keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for taking the time to help me out guys.

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Posted August 02 2004 - 08:45 AM

I also recommend installing SpywareBlaster:

http://www.javacools...areblaster.html

It's a free program that prevents spyware from getting on your computer in the first place.

#10 of 10 OFFLINE   DelRay

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Posted August 02 2004 - 09:02 AM

Well, It came back. I may have to use the quick restore disc. Then install some sort of protection like what Kevin recommended.




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