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#1 terrynbama


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Posted 25 August 2005 - 06:30 PM

Every time I open a browser, I get a pop up box asking me to select a skin file. I'm not sure how this started and I don't have any idea how to resolve the problem. Can anyone help?

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 06:44 PM

First off terrynbama, welcome to BC.

The next place to start is tell us what browser and version of Windows you are using. That will head us in the right direction to help.

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 06:45 PM

Is there a link anywhere in the file? like to any third part site? Because this may be spyware.

However, your default skin for internet explorer may be corrupted or damaged.

#4 terrynbama

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 07:04 AM

I'm using XP professional and explorer. As for any type of link to another file or program, I don't know.

Upon launching IE the dialog box pops up, asks you to select a skin file. I aways select cancel and proceed. This is fine until a new browser is started at a web site and it all begins again.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:43 AM

Sounds like a hijacker.

Run Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy. Be sure to update them each time before you use them.

If you don't already have them, download them, install and then update them, then run their scans checking the boxes to fix what they find.

*AdAware SE: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

*Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

You probably want to have Microsoft AntiSpyware too:
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx

After you install, update and run all the above you need to post a "Hijack This" log following the instructions here:


Unless you are an expert in altering, editing or modifying the registry do not attempt to use “Hijack This” without expert assistance.

#6 terrynbama

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 08:59 AM

I've followed your suggestions. I installed, update and ran Adware, Spybot, and Microsoft Anti Spyware. Each program found a couple of items, which I removed.

The problem didn't go away. Actually, it added a new wrinkle. Now when I launch an IE window, I'm asked to insert a disk in drive a, I cancel that and move on to select a skin file again.

Once I get past these, everything "seems" to work fine until a new IE window is launched, then it starts all over again.

This is really frustrating.

As for being an expert, I don't consider myself as such. :thumbsup:

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