***** Ummm ... ah ... er ... OK. ... I'm going to save
this one for a day when I have several hours to follow
it. :-) Sorry, I REALLY appreciate your help, and my
guess is that this will probably fix it for me. But I
REALLY am at a loss beyond the very basics of
operating a PC, and I have no idea what I'm doing in
***** As I said, when I have time available (I'm going
out in an hour or so), I think I can crawl my way
through your instructions. So I will try it later.
***** Again, sincere thanks for taking the time to
provide such detailed steps. Wish I knew at a glance
what the hell you said, but that is not the case. :-)
George (picturing Bama's head exploding!) ;-)
> I had a similiar issue recently with one of my kids
> PC's. I found
> spyware (browser hijack app) was the culprit.
> There's a few ways to
> It's possibly a local DNS entry in your �Hosts� file
> that may point to a
> site other than yahoo. Not an uncommon method for
> these trojan programs
> to use. If you are fimiliar with the DOS edit
> command you could edit the
> hosts file. Do a search of your drive of hosts*.*
> You will find a file
> that looks something like this:
> # For example:
> # 220.127.116.11 rhino.acme.com #
> source server
> # 18.104.22.168 x.acme.com # x
> client host
> 127.0.0.1 localhost
> You can remove bogus entries in this file.
> The method I used to fix this issue was taking the
> application out of
> startup and then running spyware removal application
> (adaware). Spy
> Sweeper and Adaware both do a good job cleaning a
> machine. Just be sure
> you update the database.
> If you have any experience with the registry I would
> start there before
> running the spyware removal application. It helps to
> be sure nothing
> will be in memory when the cleaner is trying to
> remove it - which can
> make it difficult if it's well written.
> Start in Safe Mode.
> Go to Start then type: REGEDIT
> Navigate to the folder,
> You should only see a few things there on the RIGHT
> side. These are
> typically things that startup when you first boot.
> Personally, I do not
> want any application running at startup. So I keep
> this path clean of
> But look for some obvious executables that look
> suspicious and delete
> those registry keys.
> Do the same for the path
> Reboot the system.
> Then run the spyware removal program.
> This should correct the issue.
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