I have an HP computer with Windows XP at home and I was having alot of problems such as the page when I would start IE would be blank no matter what I had in the startup page. It was suggested to me to do a system recovery, which I have done before, however when I did that last night it kept most of my downloaded stuff on my computer and alot of things in the startup.
So I guess what I am wondering is if there is either another way to wipe out all that is on my computer and start over or what is the minimum that I need to keep on to run IE and then I can go from there installing program by program.
Any suggestion would be appreciated.
about:blank Homepage Hijacker
From your description you have a hijacker infestation.
Homepage hijackers are an effect caused by some malicious toolbar programs - Trojans or other malware. The hostile application changes the default homepage of Internet Explorer to something other than what the user intended - undesired - and ignores the homepage set by the user.
Spyware / Trojan removal tools:
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove much of the spyware of these kinds from your computer.http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
There are others as well.
AdAware can deal with some of the variants.http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
CWShredder is a general homepage hijackers detector and remover. http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshr...r_download.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
There are some webscans that can help find and remove these threats:
online trojan scans here - http://scan.sygatetech.com/pretrojanscan.html http://windowsecurity.com/trojanscanWeb 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.)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scannerhttp://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest
Windows Security Trojanscanhttp://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp
Panda Activescan (IE only)http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan
Etrust Anti-virus web scannerhttp://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
If none of the above has resulted in complete cure then a" Hijack This" log posting is recommended.
Read the pinned post in our “HijackThis” forum, here Carefully read and follow all directions explicitly.
Following instructions run a log, and post it in the appropriate HJT forum, at this link
. Do not as yet attempt to fix anything by yourself using Hijack This.
A member of our HJT Team will analyze your log, make recommendations and offer assistance.
It may take a short period of time to get a response to the log you posted because the members of our HJT Team are kept very busy. Please
be patient as this team is manned by volunteers. They will help you as soon as possible.NOTE
Once you have posted your HJT log, please DO NOT make any additional posts in the HJT forum until you get a response from a member of our HJT expert team.
The first criteria they have when looking for logs that need replies are posts showing 0 replies
. If you make an additional post, it will show as having 1 reply
A team member, looking to see if a reply has been made might well assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and might not open the thread to respond.
So, make your post and wait for a response from a team member.