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#1 yoda75


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Posted 02 July 2005 - 01:01 PM

THanks for reading this. New to the site.

Having a terrible time getting rid of about:blank on my Gateway. I have ran in (safe mode) CWShredder, Ad-aware, Adware Away, Spybot S&D, Microsoft Anti-Spyware, Norton Ant-Virus with no luck. Did the Registar Advice i've read on other forums. I did not find any App_dll that I was supposed to. I'm not very good with computers, so any other advice or if you guys would like to give, I'd really appreciate it!!!

I hate this thing!

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#2 thedon57


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Posted 02 July 2005 - 04:32 PM

this blank is it to do with your dialup
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Posted 02 July 2005 - 05:22 PM

About blank is malware.

What operating system do you have on your computer?

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions
Zone Alarm SE: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware (you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Avast Anti-virus freeware

Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

AČ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

Hijack This and a variety of other tools for malware and pestware or

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner

online trojan scans here -

If the anti-malware aps above do not give satisfactory results post a Hijack This log in the proper place on our forum:

How to submit a Hijack This log


#4 bluto


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Posted 02 July 2005 - 10:44 PM

I think you mean your opening browser page,right. ?
When your at the sight you want as default,click tools/options and change it.

#5 Rimmer


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Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:24 AM

Hi yoda75,

If you want to tackle it yourself there are guides here in our Tutorials section (see the links below) or you could choose to submit a HijackThis Log to our trained malware removal team in the HJT section. (See the bottom of Enthusiasts post.) If you do post an HJT log you will get expert advice telling you step by step what to do. You may have to wait a few days for a reply though as they are always busy.

For Windows 2000 and XP only there is a tutorial here:


For Windows 95/98*Grinler there is a tutorial here:


hth :thumbsup:

Edited by Rimmer, 03 July 2005 - 04:29 AM.

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#6 Papakid


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Posted 03 July 2005 - 11:05 AM

yoda75 has posted a log here thanks to Enthusiast's good advice:

That's always the best way to go, IMO, since there are several variants of A:B and the self-help guides are good, but depend on a certin skill level.

I think you mean your opening browser page,right. ?
When your at the sight you want as default,click tools/options and change it.

No, Enthusiast and Rimmer are correct, it's a search hijacker and a downloader agent that will download other malware. You'll know it when you're infected with it, because you didn't have your homepage set to about blank and search pages shouldn't be about blank.

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