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Since yesterday we have been having a problem I have never hear or seen before. Problems started when I was browsing the internet. All of a sudden I have got diverted to a web page www.hillary2004.net. From there on I couldn't go to any other web page. If I tried it get diverted to the page above again.
Before long, other people started having the same problem.
I have spent hours checking settings on our DNS server. Checked it for viruses, trojans...nothing!!
If I disable the DNS server on services from my PC, it improves and I can connect to several places, however this sometimes brakes down again on certain places like www.hoovers.com.
Can anyone enlighten me on whats going on please??
 

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Thanks for your reply.
I have checked it for viruses and did make sure I was running the latest version. Not only that but also I did run Adaware as well.
 

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I clicked it and it asked if I wanted to make it my homepage. Check tools/internet options to see if it has changed your default homepage.

delete temp files and cookies while you are there.
 

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my brother is having a very similar problem...

background story:
my brother likes anime alot, so hes browsing for some pictures of anime and of course he gets suckered into clicking an innocent link that turn out to be some porn site.

somehow thisa site has now "hijacked" his browser....

every time we reboot his system the homepage has been set to (!!!!!DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!!!) studsss.da.ru (!!!!!!DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!!!!) I assume if you go there the same problem will happen to you. (for those of you curious i threw the link in for help identifying problem)

but anyway windows start to pop open faster than anything ive ever seen. (within 5 secs i was looking at over 50 windows) (and this was without even closing 1 of them) the only way i found to stop them was to unplug internet connection and CtrlAltDel them. this game me a chance to reset the homepage to yahoo. and until we reboot the computer there are no problems of this type...

i have already checked the system for a virus.... and there are none on it, so ive installed and run adaware AND spyware search and destroy.... while they did find alot of stuff... the problem still persists.

so yeah im not sure if that will help anyone help me, but its pretty indepth as to what problems were having here....
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HELP PLEASE
thanks

_-Andy-_
 

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Try this

Get acopy of Tracks Eraser Pro. One of its many features is the ability from preventing your default home page from changing.

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If you are comfortable going into your registry editor (please back up your registry first!!!)

Got to
HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Run (and RunServices)

Export these keys to a backup file called undo.reg and undo2.reg.

Look for things starting up that don't look kosher. If a .reg file is loading, delete that string entry. If other things don't look right delete them. If something stops working like keyboard shortcuts or display controls on the taskbar, you can always click the undo.reg files.

Some antivirus and even ad aware will not detect and remove some software programs, because they displayed a license agreement that was "accepted" In the license it explains (most won't read them though) That they now own your computer and that it will change home,search, and other (usually a 404 page to help you find more porn when you can't find what you are looking for)

Hope this babble helps in your quest
 

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Ok, after getting a zillion IE windows/pages of crap opening up on my laptop 3 days ago, I believe I finally got it clean. These pages added directories, programs, files, dialers, etc to my pc and registry. When I first got all this adware/spyware(and I just learned alot about this in the past couple of days), I removed most of what I knew was a problem from my pc and registry. This included things like ISTsvc, ClearSearch, GlobalDialer, slotch.com, xrenoder.com and studsss.da.ru, to name most. I thought I had it fixed, and was doing fine on the Internet last night for about 5 minutes when it started acting up again.
So, I just installed both Ad-aware and Spybot(Spybot found a few things ad-aware did not) and thought that did the trick and it did take care of 99% of my problem but when I would open my IE my homepage kept coming up as studsss.da.ru. I removed all the statements in the registry(start page, search page, things like that) that included this url but after rebooting my pc IE kept doing the same thing and the url would show back up in the registry. I finally found a file called sys.reg, edited it and found it contained this url. Appearently, when the pc gets rebooted, the registry grabs this sys.reg file and adds back into itself. I moved sys.reg and another file that had today's date on it, called winlog.html, from the root directory to another directory I created called CRAP, rebooted my pc and it came up with a registry error looking for the sys.reg file and an IE winmain.exe error which I was sure had something to do with that winlog file. I found the winmain.exe file(with today's date on it) in my WINNT directory and moved that to CRAP as well. I also went into the registry and removed all the statements containing sys.reg and winmain.exe and my pc is now acting fine.
Sorry for being so long-winded but hope this helps with these phantom urls and what I am now calling crapware! One last thing, I'd say backup your registry before editing it but it's probably already messed up if you're reading this. So, be careful in there...
Here's a url about winmain.exe: http://www.nsclean.com/psc-htas.html and one about sys.reg: http://www.itsecurity.com/asktecs/aug3903.htm
 

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While I have learned many things on my computer journey, I am not a "tech guy". I avoid messing with my registry and my BIOS like a plague.

Reading some of the discussion above (and understanding it!) caused me to think back to when those instructions would have stricken terror in my heart.

abf, if you feel the same, I would direct you to the site below, which is a start-up" site for the software Hijack This. The site explains everything fairly well.

If you choose to do this, download it, close all browser windows, and scan. Copy the log and paste it here. Please don't try to fix anything (unless you are willing to invest a lot of time studying.

When we see it, we can take a look and make some suggestions.

http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/
 
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