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David Grelck
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 11:46 am:   

I'm having a bizarre problem on my PC. I'm running WinXP and Internet Explorer 6. About six months ago certain web pages stopped coming up ( being one of them), giving me a server cannot be found message, and more recently, some web sites i visit regularly (such as have stopped updating on my computer, sticking in January's update while the site itself has continued to update. I've tried other browsers on my machine and that didn't work. The only browser that did work was the one packaged into America Online which I no longer use. Anyone ever hear of something like this and can help? It's spreading like a cancer.
Big Guy
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 4:57 pm:   

Empty your Temporary Internet Files, Delete the History and the Cookies. Make sure that you do this from the Internet Tools and also from the c:\Documents and settings\.....folder. See if that works.
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 - 7:46 pm:   

Also from Start/Run type ipconfig/flushDNS this will clear out as well.
Alyssa R
Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2003 - 6:45 am:   

I have a problem with my homepage. Recently, I accidently enter a site that ended up clogging up my computer by opening what I swear was 50 windows. I could not close them, so I simply rebooted my machine. The problem is upon every reboot it automatically changes my homepage to some strange website with material that I do not want to see or want my children to see. This website also opens several windows. Now every time I reboot I need to go into internet options from the control panel and change the homepage first. I have tried to clear temporary internet files, my history and I even put the page in hand under restricted sites in the secruity tab (which does stop the windows from popping up). How do I find where this file is and how do I kill it from reseting itself to the default each time the computer is rebooted? I am running windows 98 SE and IE 5.5. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2003 - 9:23 am:   

Some pages will download a program which keeps changing it back. Go to Start | Run and type:
and press <enter> or click OK. Go to the Startup tab.
See if you can identify any suspicious programs. If you can, uncheck it, If you can't, change the home page to what you want and then uncheck one and then reboot. Try IE. If the Web page changed, change it back and then try msconfig again, rechecking the last one and unchecking the next. Keep doing this until you find the culprit. The key here is knowing what needs to run and what doesn't need to run at startup. Trial and error so to speak. After you find the offending program download and install adaware and spybot search and destroy and run them. This will clear out tagged registry keys as well.

Alyssa R
Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2003 - 3:14 pm:   

Thank you E.S.! I found the program in Msconfig, it was called sys.regedit. I had looked at Msconfig already but I thought this program was something for the registry (turns out there was already a registry scanning program in startup). Anyway, it stopped it from taking over. I will try to download what you said and take care of the problem for good. It sucks that something like this can happen, but I guess that is life on the internet. Also I noticed a file called PTSnoop. I looked it up on google and it appears that there is a debate over what exactly ptsnoop does. Is this really for my Modem or is this sometype of spyware? I currently have DSL and do not use the modem but it is still in the PC. Again, thanks for the guidance.

Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2003 - 6:34 pm:   

You are welcome.

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