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05 April 2012 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 04/05/2012 6:07:35 AM PDT by US Navy Vet

OK about 2 weeks ago my wife was doing SOMETHING on my computer(PC) and SOMEHOW my web "Homepage" got changed to Google.com. I have tried EVERYTHING I can to change it back to what I want(Yahoo). I use Mozilla and even when I look at IE that one was changed too. I HATE Google and I find Yahoo to be SLIGHTLY less offensive. Please Help!


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computers; ihazaquestion
Ideas?
1 posted on 04/05/2012 6:07:41 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

did you got to Tools/Options in Mozilla and change it there/


2 posted on 04/05/2012 6:09:28 AM PDT by Spaghetti Man (NOBAMA)
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To: US Navy Vet

When you say you Have “tried everything,” what have you tried? It would help to know.


3 posted on 04/05/2012 6:10:48 AM PDT by FryingPan101
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To: US Navy Vet

What Windows version you running?

For WinXP, what does it say if you go to Tools, then Internet Options? Should have your homepage listed there.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 6:10:59 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: US Navy Vet

And, you went to “tools”, “options” and changed your homepage back?


5 posted on 04/05/2012 6:11:34 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: US Navy Vet

First, what web browser are you using?


6 posted on 04/05/2012 6:11:34 AM PDT by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: rawhide

What Windows version you running?

For WinXP, what does it say if you go to Tools, then Internet Options? Should have your homepage listed there.

Added= this is for IE.


7 posted on 04/05/2012 6:11:47 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: US Navy Vet

Tools, options, General...enter the home page you want and click apply or save or OK at the bottom


8 posted on 04/05/2012 6:12:01 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: US Navy Vet

Go to Control Panel, Internet Settings, and change it there...............


9 posted on 04/05/2012 6:12:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: US Navy Vet

Use a restore point from three weeks ago.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084


10 posted on 04/05/2012 6:12:34 AM PDT by narses
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To: US Navy Vet

Sounds like the hard drive is acout to crash. Or the system board!

/s


11 posted on 04/05/2012 6:13:09 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: iowamark

You forgot to ask if he was logged in..............


12 posted on 04/05/2012 6:13:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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Sorry, I see you use Firefox.


13 posted on 04/05/2012 6:13:38 AM PDT by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: US Navy Vet

You have a browser hijack trojan. Download/run Spybot Search/Destroy.


14 posted on 04/05/2012 6:14:12 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: US Navy Vet
On Firefox:
Tools>Options>General
About 1/3 of the way down the box:
Home_Page: (put in the url of the homepage you want)
Clock "OK" button
15 posted on 04/05/2012 6:15:05 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: US Navy Vet

Go to Yahoo, then from your browser menu select - Tools / Options - click the General tab and then click on “Use Current Page.”


16 posted on 04/05/2012 6:16:48 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: US Navy Vet

On the taskbar on the bottom of the screen click on “Start”, then click on “run”.

In the dialog box that appears type

regedit

and click on “ok”.

On the left pane of what comes up, click on “My computer”.

On the menu select Edit/Find and search for “wwww.google.com”.

When it finds one, it’ll highlight it on the right pane. Double click that to open it and change the name and press ok.

Press F3 to find the next such occurence and change. Keep going until the entire registry is searched. It’ll tell you when it’s finished searching through the registry.

P


17 posted on 04/05/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: US Navy Vet

My guess is you have a virus causing the problem.


18 posted on 04/05/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT by ArkansasBushfan
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To: US Navy Vet

If you have set the home page back in the browser settings, but it keeps reverting, most likely that is because some sort of browser add-on, toolbar, or some other software was installed and is setting it back. This is *really* easy to happen, as lots of inexpensive software installs this sort of thing in order to get a kick-back from Google (or Yahoo or MS). Typically the software will ask if you want to install this, but it is subtle and most people click right past it without noticing.

Go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs (or Uninstall Software) and see what is installed. Uninstall anything suspicious there. SOrry I can’t say which program it is for sure w/o seeing it. You might also go into Firefox Add-Ons and look at the browser extensions/add-ons to see if it is there. You can probably disable it from there as well.

Good luck.


19 posted on 04/05/2012 6:18:09 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: US Navy Vet
regedit p.s., you have to restart your machine after editing regedit for the changes to take effect.
20 posted on 04/05/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: US Navy Vet

Google is about to buy Yahoo, so it may all be a moot point soon


21 posted on 04/05/2012 6:23:30 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rawhide
You need serious help. It is very likely that you have a root-kit level malware infection. I suggest using MajorGeeks.com to resolve the problem. Free, safe and , IMHO, guaranteed success.

Here is the link to get you started:

MajorGeeks Trojan Removal Assistance

In a nutshell the process is: Read the instructions, download the recommended anti-malware files, run the files, collect the logs, post the logs to a new thread on the MajorGeeks forum, wait for a reply from MajorGeeks via the forum and then repeat that cycle a couple of times.

If you follow their instructions carefully and post the resulting logs you will get expert help in removing your malware/virus. It may take you a couple of days to complete the job but you will be successful.

Not easy but very effective.

22 posted on 04/05/2012 6:27:52 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: US Navy Vet
SOMEHOW my web "Homepage" got changed to Google.com

I think I know how this possibly happened. When Google is NOT your home page, and you access it, there is a small area at the top of the page that says something like: "Come here often? Make Google your home page."

If she unintentionally clicked on it, your home page was changed without actually going under the hood.

I doubt this is a malware issue, unless I missed any of your further replies. IMHO, malware would look a bit more obvious (i.e. shopping pages coming up randomly as you browse).

In any case here are instructions from mozilla that should help you change your homepage back.
23 posted on 04/05/2012 6:33:46 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Scutter

This is the most likely problem.

Go into Uninstall/Remove Programs and remove anything with the name “toolbar” in it. Toolbar trash is never needed
and is just another way for google etc to get a foothold on your PC.


24 posted on 04/05/2012 6:39:56 AM PDT by soycd
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To: US Navy Vet

As always, the correct answer is, “Buy a Macintosh.”


25 posted on 04/05/2012 6:42:12 AM PDT by Corwin of Amber (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice no virtue.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Lots of good ideas here, but I say buy a new computer and avoid Mozilla. Put everything in your old computer on a thumb device but just take the most essential stuff to the new computer. You will discover that the thumb device gives you serenity and a feeling of lightness and detachment from your old baggage, 99% of which you will not miss and never be stimulated to access.
No really. Get a new computer. Shopping is fun.


26 posted on 04/05/2012 6:42:46 AM PDT by Lady Lucky ( Romney -- the pink slime of presidential politics)
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To: ml/nj

self ping


27 posted on 04/05/2012 7:03:20 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: US Navy Vet

Go to tools, internet options, general, type in: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index


28 posted on 04/05/2012 7:05:28 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: US Navy Vet

Make FR your home page - use Startpage.com for searches.

My computer tech installed Mozilla and it wouldn’t accept FR as my home page - IE does.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 7:08:25 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: US Navy Vet

One of the great things about freeware is it’s free. Download the latest version, and reinstall it. If you’re having issues run something like ccleaner then revouninstaller. Worst case scenario is you lose your bookmarks, never had it happen though. If you need the funky old version check out filehippo.com The older versions of most popular freeware are there.


30 posted on 04/05/2012 7:16:15 AM PDT by allmost
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To: US Navy Vet; mmichaels1970
Possibly someone stuned your computer with a beeber like device?

Seriously, the first thing you should do is follow the instructions at the link provided by mmichaels1970 in post #23.

If that doesn't help, this could be a hugh and series problem!
31 posted on 04/05/2012 7:25:42 AM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: Corwin of Amber
Mac's seem to have lost their immunity from the malicious coding world:

Fast-growing Flashback Botnet Includes Over 600,000 Macs, Malware Experts Say
32 posted on 04/05/2012 7:37:58 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: US Navy Vet

Go into add or remove programs on your control panel and uninstall the Google Chrome toolbar. I had to do it on my fiancee’s computer.


33 posted on 04/05/2012 8:08:26 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: US Navy Vet

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34 posted on 04/05/2012 10:09:19 AM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: US Navy Vet

Instead of Google or Yahoo, try:

http://www.startpage.com

The most secure search engine.


35 posted on 04/05/2012 11:31:57 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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