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Ie Home Page Hijacked By Login.passport.net?


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#1 jt2006

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 09:10 PM

Hi,
Could someone please help with this irritating problem? My default home page is charter.my.msn.com. When I start ie or click on the home icon, the address is: http://login.passport.net/uilogin.srf?lc=1033&id=6528. How did it change my home page? How do I get rid of it and prevent it from changing my home page again?
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Posted 15 March 2006 - 12:34 PM

Hi Jt

I wouldn't really say that you have been hijacked - it is common that if you install something like MSN messenger then your home page is taken over. It periodically happens to me - i boot my computer and find that it has changed to www.msn.com or something similar. You can easy change it though:

Internet Explorer --> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/41717/how-to-set-your-home-page-in-internet-explorer/
Firefox --> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/41718/how-to-set-your-home-page-in-firefox/

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:27 PM

Hi David,
Thanks for the reply. I did set the home page address in ie tools to http://charter.my.msn.com but it keeps going to passport.login, eventhough it does show http://charter.my.msn.com in tools. Any clues?
Thanks,
Joy

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 12:41 PM

Hi jt2006

I've found the problem. http://charter.my.msn.com is actually a redirect to passport.login. I just clicked on the link and it took me to passport.login. Therefore you will need to use another homepage if you do not wish to be redirected. Try using google as a test and let me know what happens. Did you have another homepage in mind? What about www.msn.com ?

David

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 08:22 PM

Hi jt, :thumbsup: to BC

You really haven't been hijacked, the page you set as your homepage is your personal MSN page and you have to be signed into your MSN account to go there. You are being redirected because the cookie that allows the site to see you are logged in is a non-persistent cookie (I believe). This means it only allows you to be recognized during the IE session you signed into and disappears when you close out IE.

Many sites do this for own protection so others may not access your account. You can make the situation a little easier by putting a mark in the box which saves your e-mail address and password on your computer, then you will not have type your information all the time but you will still have to click the sign in button when you first start IE each time.

The down side to doing that is that anyone else who uses your computer will be able to get into your MSN homepage. A word of advice to you though is do not save that information on anyone elses computer, only on your own.
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