Posted: 12-27-2003, 03:33 PM
horses today. Now, each time I start Windows I receive
about half a dozen error messages from Spyware Guard
reporting an attempt to "hijack" Internet Explorer by
changing my home page, default search page, etc. I have to
restore my defaults manually every time I boot -- what a
pain! I have removed the hijacking URL from my registry,
using Spyware Guard. But it re-appears the next time I
boot. I have also removed the URL by manually editing the
registry -- with the same result.
Since this occurred shortly after I booted this morning
and began browsing the web with IE, I displayed all hidden
files in Explorer and deleted everything that I didn't
recognize with today's file date. I also removed
everything from my startup directory on the Start Menu.
Finally, I re-installed IE from my Windows XP Pro CD-ROM
and installed the latest update from the MS web site. But
NOTHING has remedied this situation.
I suspect that a file or script (or, more likely now, a
setting in an existing program or service) is changing
these settings every time I boot. They appear to be added
to my registry on startup. I am trying to determine where
the culprit may be and how to disable or remove it. Any
One thing I'd like to try is to log everything that
happens when I boot to Windows. The online help says this
is possible, but it doesn't give you a clue as to how to
do it. I have looked through every Control Panel setting
and I can't find anything that does this.