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Hoover
08-30-2005, 05:35 PM
OK, my wife clicked on some effin pop up window, now my Home Page is always about:blank or something like that. I've gone in to change it but it never takes. Any ideas? My computer can not find a virus.

Thanks

Hoov

Dave Lane
08-30-2005, 05:39 PM
Its spyware. Get Aluria it saved the laptop for me...

Dave

morphius
08-30-2005, 05:39 PM
blank is a good thing, leave it :D

almost all my browsers start there.

morphius
08-30-2005, 05:40 PM
ad-aware and spybot if you want to clean everything up, as is the norm..

Rain Man
08-30-2005, 05:41 PM
I think that's a nasty one. It goes into your registry and reinstalls itself every time you take it off. I had to get a computer guy to come in and fix mine when I got it.

Whoever made that thing deserves to die in a low-heat fire.

Hoover
08-30-2005, 05:46 PM
I think that's a nasty one. It goes into your registry and reinstalls itself every time you take it off. I had to get a computer guy to come in and fix mine when I got it.

Whoever made that thing deserves to die in a low-heat fire.
great!

I've been pissed at the wife for awhile about this. I just got DSL at our new house so I need to get this fixed.

BigRedChief
08-30-2005, 06:04 PM
If you got XP just do a restore to a point before she clicked on it.

C-Mac
08-30-2005, 06:45 PM
OK, my wife clicked on some effin pop up window, now my Home Page is always about:blank or something like that. I've gone in to change it but it never takes. Any ideas? My computer can not find a virus.

Thanks

Hoov

If you still have the problem let me know, Ive got a link somewhere on this site and somewhere on my computer from Norton that will zap it. I fought this one particular registry writting bastigen for 8 freakin months before someone figured out how to nail it.

DTLB58
08-30-2005, 07:00 PM
ad-aware and spybot if you want to clean everything up, as is the norm..

I've had the "about.blank" homepage a couple of times. The last time it took forever to get rid of it. But mine was spyware not a virus. Norton found it but could do nothing to remove it.

As stated above spybot and especially ad-aware are the cures. :clap:

C-Mac
08-30-2005, 07:06 PM
I've had the "about.blank" homepage a couple of times. The last time it took forever to get rid of it. But mine was spyware not a virus. Norton found it but could do nothing to remove it.
As stated above spybot and especially ad-aware are the cures. :clap:

The stated above spyware didnt do jack for me, it ended up being a small spyware\virus removal tool written specifically for this by Norton. It's not part of their Anti-Virus packages.

mikey23545
08-30-2005, 09:56 PM
If you got XP just do a restore to a point before she clicked on it.

Believe it or not, there is one out there that renders that solution unusable. A few weeks ago I finally just formatted my hard drive to get rid of the bastard...It would also hijack attempts to go to websites that allow you to scan for viruses and spyware...Unbelievable.

Dinny Blues
08-30-2005, 10:32 PM
Since all of your critical data on this machine is already backed up, simply use the system discs that came with your machine to re-install the operating system.
If you answered no to any of the above questions, please take your tower to your nearest trusty PC repairgeek to see if you are mildly about-blanked, or totally about-blanked.
About-blanked at its worst lays somewhere between a virus/worm and adware/spyware that anti-virus won't detect, and spybot/adaware won't remove. Removal without reload at its worst is a long, nasty trip through the registry that has rarely been completely successful for moi, but I'm not the sharpest tack on the tree.

BACK UP YOUR STUFF NOW! If the sumbitch will letcha.

I have battled about-blank a bazillion times, it's a nasty one. PM for phone support, if you wish.

Dinny

dtebbe
08-30-2005, 10:38 PM
Did you beat her down? :cuss:

Or were you really surfing porn when this happened?

DT

C-Mac
08-30-2005, 10:39 PM
Here I found the one I used:
Symantec Backdoor.Agent.B Removal Tool 1.0.1.2

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/

More direct link
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.agent.b.removal.tool.html

go bowe
08-30-2005, 10:46 PM
see if this helps... (http://www.pchell.com/support/aboutblank.shtml)

go bowe
08-30-2005, 10:48 PM
Here I found the one I used:
Symantec Backdoor.Agent.B Removal Tool 1.0.1.2

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/

More direct link
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.agent.b.removal.tool.html that sounds like it would be a lot easier than the website i linked to...

C-Mac
08-30-2005, 10:51 PM
that sounds like it would be a lot easier than the website i linked to...

Not only that, its the ony one that worked for me after 8 months of struggles.

Swanman
08-30-2005, 10:54 PM
If you're currently using IE, I would recommend Mozilla Firefox. Since I've been using Firefox, I've had no problems with spyware hijacking my browser.

Hoover
08-31-2005, 08:14 AM
I was using internet explorer and have swwiched to Mozilla Firefox and have no problems. Should I delete my IE?

Brock
08-31-2005, 08:16 AM
You gotta download Hijack This! and CWShredder.

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/

Swanman
08-31-2005, 08:16 AM
I was using internet explorer and have swwiched to Mozilla Firefox and have no problems. Should I delete my IE?

If it's not giving you problems when you don't have it open, I would just leave it on your machine. I tried uninstalling IE but it was in my registry about a billion times so my machine was screwed up for awhile trying to eradicate it (I had something in my machine autolaunching IE and generating errors so I needed to be rid of it).

morphius
08-31-2005, 08:30 AM
You gotta download Hijack This! and CWShredder.

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/
Yup, if the other two I listed don't work I would then try CWShredder, but it seems like some others have some solutions as well.

StcChief
08-31-2005, 08:59 AM
Mods: Move this to Geekplanet ????