Virus on start page of IE6

Virus on start page of IE6

Post by Carlos Ort » Wed, 07 Jul 2004 03:33:37

Hello, fellows.

A friend has a big problem. He works with Windows XP Pro SP1 and Internet
Explorer 6 with all updates. He also uses Norton Antivirus 2004. But he was
infected with a spyware (I think) that changed the start page of IE6. Even
he change this setting, it returns. Besides, it also open many windows and
few moments after connected, it makes the connection down (his access to
Internet is through an ADSL line).

Antivirus detects and removes this spyware, but it returns. Using Ad-aware
and Spybot doesn solve this problem too.

Does anyone have an idea to eliminate this issue?

Thanks in advance,


Virus on start page of IE6

Post by Lawrence A » Wed, 14 Jul 2004 00:51:38


Please follow these steps in order to clean your computer of Malware which
can include Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Spyware, Hijackers and Dialers.

Step 1:
Download Spybot and Adaware from the following locations and install them.
You should run both programs and clean up what it finds. This is to
gaurantee that you find the most malware you can installed on your computer.

Before running the scans on both programs, it is mandatory that you update
the programs. There are update options in each program when you run them.



If you would like to learn more about how to use these two programs with the
proper settings you can read the tutorials below:

AD-AWARE Tutorial


When you scan with both programs, fix everything that it finds.

When you are done with the scan and fixing the items. Please continue with
the next step.

Step 2:

It is important that you run Spybot and Adaware before you proceed with this
step. Fixing enties with Hijackthis may leave behind unwanted files on your
computer if the previous step was not done first.

Create a directory on your hardrive to save HijackThis.exe. A directory
like c:\hijackthis. If you do not do this, you will not be able to use the
backup/restore features.

Download HijackThis from: ~merijn/files/

Save this file into the directory you made previously and then run the
program. Click on the Scan button and when it is finished click on the Save
Log button. A Notepad window will open with the contents of this log. Click
on Edit then click on Select all. Then click on Edit and then Click on

Register an account at and post this created
log into the Hijackthis Logs forum at that site. To do this, once you are
registered, create a new post, right click in message area and select paste
to paste the log into the post.

An expert will reply to you after reading this post. DO NOT fix any entries
unless you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing as you may cause
more damage to the system

To see a tutorial on using HijackThis you can click on the link below.

Lawrence Abrams
Source for Original Content, Tutorials, and Support for the beginning
computer user.


Virus on start page of IE6

Post by Eve Warlo » Sun, 08 Aug 2004 20:51:12

Was looking through this newsgroup to see if I could work out why I'm having
so many problems opening my Explorer browser (wouldn't open from the desktop
unless I right-clicked and selected "explore"; also would hardly ever open
from an e-mail link in Outlook Express). I read your advice to Carlos and
installed both the programs you suggested - Spyware and Adaware, and it's
running almost like a new computer! Thank you very much. I am also running
AVG virus scan, the free version. Are any of these likely to clash with each

I didn't have the changing home page problem that Carlos did, but I must
have had something very wrong. I could click a url, go downstairs and make a
coffee, drink most of it, and come back and the thing would still not be
fully open. Talk about the World Wide Wait!

Anyway thanks again Lawrence. Much appreciated. You're doing a great job.


From: "Lawrence Abrams" <>
Subject: Re: Virus on start page of IE6
Date: 12 July 2004 16:51

Lawrence Abrams
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computer user.

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