UGN Security Forums
My ProfileMember DirectoryLogin
Search our ForumsView our FAQView our Site Rules
View our CalendarView our Active TopicsGo to our Main Page

UGN Security Store
 

Network Sites UGN Security, The GoNix Initiative, Elite Web Gamers, Back of the Web, EveryDay Helper, VNC Web Design & Development
December
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Sponsored Links
Latest Postings
Latest Reviews
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#15292 - 06/02/04 12:12 AM Lock your IE HomePage
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner
*****

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
Well my mom brought her laptop over to my workplace for me to fix, turns out some nasty adware got installed on there. When I looked at the IE homepage it was greyed out so that it couldn't be edited. The only way to edit it would be to re-enable it, edit it, then lock it again (if you want to).

The thing that got to me is, her homepage was locked at "searchexe.com" which she didn't set (nor would she). I went and looked for instructions on the web and came up with this little trick of locking your IE homepage so that it can't be hijacked, even by you (unless you unlock it).

Quick Steps:
1. Open Regedit (start -> run -> regedit).
2. You'll need to update this in two locations.
Navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel

In both of the locations you'll need to add:
"HomePage"=dword:00000001

Now, if you go and right click "internet explorer" and choose "properties" you'll see that you cannot edit (or change) your homepage. To re-enable that you'd change the dword above to: 00000000
_________________________
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

Top
Sponsored Links
      
#15293 - 06/02/04 11:01 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
§intå× Offline


*****

Registered: 12/03/02
Posts: 3255
Loc: Maryland
Good tip. I have had my homepage changed before and it sux. I have allways been able to change it back, but once had something I couldn't kill and I would edit the home page. Only fo have it auto change back. Thankx for the tip.
_________________________
My New site OpenEyes

Top
#15294 - 06/03/04 02:13 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
chazman Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 56
Loc: coolville
on my computer i have something like that but evey time i go on my computer the next day after i chang the home page to somthing i want it changes back to this stupid hot-search.com and i try to change it over and over but it goes back to the same Hot search deal so what should i do in this matter
_________________________
~MY GENIUS IS YOUR SUPIDIDY~

Your gods may come and go and last for eons and eons but i will be here for ever


chaz

Top
#15295 - 06/03/04 02:15 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
chazman Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 56
Loc: coolville
i dont know if i have a virus or adawar or anything cause i use macafeevirus scan and all that other stuff so i dont know what wouldcause this
_________________________
~MY GENIUS IS YOUR SUPIDIDY~

Your gods may come and go and last for eons and eons but i will be here for ever


chaz

Top
#15296 - 06/03/04 02:34 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Infinite Offline



Registered: 03/09/02
Posts: 1041
Loc: Canada eh
Prolly some kind of spy- or ad-ware. Virus scanners don't detect that sort of thing. Have fun with it

Top
#15297 - 06/03/04 03:01 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner
*****

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
It's adware; You'll need to update your homepage then lock your toolbar and restart to see if it changes it back again. I also reccommend running SpyBot Search and Destry to see if it can find anything.
_________________________
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

Top
#15298 - 06/10/04 08:46 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Red Mage Offline
Member

Registered: 10/24/03
Posts: 209
Loc: here.
spybot sucks.. I like Ad-Aware. Oh, and try "Hijack This"(it's a program). I've never tried it, but apparently it works well..
_________________________
Those who say do not know.
Those who know do not say.

Top
#15299 - 06/10/04 08:51 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner
*****

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
I've tried Ad-Ware and Hijack This; Spybot is still my favorite
_________________________
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

Top
#15300 - 06/10/04 04:33 PM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
jonconley Offline
UGN Super Poster

Registered: 10/08/02
Posts: 955
Loc: Merrill, IA, USA
You're all wrong. I have had tons of service calls and even did a test with the same spyware/adware on PCs. You need to have more than one, to actually get all the spyware covered.

Top
#15301 - 06/10/04 04:51 PM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner
*****

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
In my experiance Adware and Hijack tihs are pieces of shit; i've used them both. Spybot is the onlyone that actually does what it was made to do in my experiances troubleshooting pc's; but yes it's dobutful it'd have every spyware listed.
_________________________
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

Top
#15302 - 06/18/04 09:37 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Artic Warrior Offline
UGN Member

Registered: 11/12/03
Posts: 478
Loc: My room
How come I dont have this directorty?

Internet Explorer\Control Panel

I can get to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft" but there is no internet explorer. Can I make the branch?
_________________________

Top
#15303 - 06/18/04 10:41 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner
*****

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
If it's WinXP you can make the branch; this mod is only for XP (both Home/Pro).
_________________________
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

Top
#15304 - 06/19/04 12:55 PM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Artic Warrior Offline
UGN Member

Registered: 11/12/03
Posts: 478
Loc: My room
So what do I put in the key. Do I have to put in any numbers and values cause I dont know any. Or are they just randomly picked when you install the os meaning I just make up shit?
Ive never done this before so should I be screwing with the registry like this... i dont think so. I really dont have much trouble with the home page thing anywayz.
_________________________

Top
#15305 - 06/19/04 01:41 PM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner
*****

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
Quote:
Originally posted by Gizmo:
In both of the locations you'll need to add:
"HomePage"=dword:00000001
_________________________
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

Top
#15306 - 07/08/04 08:02 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Chameleon Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/09/04
Posts: 12
Loc: USA
I had that same problem i just ran adware then spybot and it cleared up the problem but after i installed adware i kept getting iexplore errors and i removed adware and it never happened again so i think adware has a few bugs that need to b worked out.
_________________________
They can trigger me but they can never figure me out

Top
#15307 - 07/08/04 08:07 AM Re: Lock your IE HomePage
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner
*****

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
I never liked Adware; it's far too in debth to have a newb like my mother do removal; however spybot works quite easy for newbs and suprisingly my mother can even do it lol
_________________________
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >

Featured Member
Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7193
Forum Stats
2152 Members
46 Forums
36290 Topics
71460 Posts

Max Online: 1567 @ 04/25/10 05:20 AM
Top Posters
UGN Security 29451
Gremelin 7193
§intå× 3255
SilentRage 1273
Ice 1146
pergesu 1136
Infinite 1041
jonconley 955
Girlie 908
unreal 860
Newest Members
cdefgh368568, HushHush, golqm, Tim050, Gecko666
2151 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 261 Guests and 308 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Latest News


Donate
  Get Firefox!
Get FireFox!