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#1 Unlukygeek

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 12:21 AM

I get this installed as my home page every time I change any of my internet settings.  If it is a necessary program for the windows 32 system and 64 system why does it go haywire and interfere with my home page from adding.  I have IE 11 and use windows 7 pro.

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#2 M. de Jager

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 08:14 AM

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 08:34 AM

Please do run AdwCleaner, as requested by M. de Jager. You can read the following article on about:blank.

 

https://askleo.com/what_is_aboutblank_and_how_do_i_get_rid_of_it/



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Posted 20 January 2015 - 11:15 AM

about:blank is just a blank page built into your browser settings based on an Internal URI scheme. Internet Explorer's Internet Options (and other browsers) have several choices for setting your Home Page under the General Tab: "Use current", "Use default", "Use blank". The "Use blank" page setting is exactly what it means...start Internet Explorer with a blank page.

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This is beneficial for a variety of reasons to include opening the browser faster since there are no images, ads, etc which can impede the loading of a page. Various other web browsers use about:blank to display certain built-in functions or to display information about the browser.Many years ago there was a CWS hijacker with the same about:blank name but that infection is no longer active...for more information, see The CoolWebSearch Chronicles by Metallica. Some folks today who inadvertently encounter that setting and do a Google Search erroneously believe they are infected. When conducting a Google search, it is not unusual to find numerous hits from untrustworthy and scam sites which mis-classify detections or provide misleading information. This is deliberately done more as a scam to entice folks into buying an advertised fix or removal tool. If you have recently been dealing with a malware infection, be aware that some security tools intentionally reset all installed browsers to default or the "about:blank" setting as part of their routine.

Have you tried to reset your browser hompage settings via Internet Explorer's Tools menu > Internet Options > General tab > Home page > "Use Blank"?
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