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Montana
 
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 02:28 am
Ok, so I just downloaded this computer wallpaper organizer thingy and it's great, but the site has made itself my homepage, which I didn't want and now I don't know how to change it back. Obviously A2K was my homepage and I want it back there, so can anyone tell me how to do this.

Thanks a million in advance :-)
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 02:34 am
You should probably remove that and run a spyware check as it sounds like a shady download.

To change your home page in IE go to Tools > Internet Options.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 02:36 am
What would spyware do to my computer and how would I do a check on it?

Thanks Craven.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 02:40 am
That was easy. A2K is back on my home page where it belongs :-D
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 02:44 am
www.webshots.com is what I downloaded. I have no idea what spyware is or what it does though and I have no idea how to check for it. I am learning slowly but surely about this computer contraption.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 02:55 am
Ah, if that's what it was it probably prompted you and you okayed it. Nemind then.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 02:59 am
That's what I thought and I'm glad because I like the damn thing :-D

Thanks again for the help Craven (smooch) ;-)
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Heliotrope
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 10:29 am
Spyware is software that a website/manufacturer/organisation/game etc... etc... installs on your computer without your permission.
It basically does what it says on the tin : It spys on you and your movements.

It illicitly sends information such as your web history, the websites you've been to today, the setup and organisation of resources in your computer, the contents of the root directory of your hard drives, Windows version, computer specifications, name, address, phone number (if you have put it into the PC) and a whole host of other stuff to the servers of the people who own the spyware. They do with it what they will.

It's iniquitous, intrusive and should be bloody well illegal.

You can get spyware removal tools from people like www.lavasoft.de. Their one is called AdAware and is very effective.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 04:18 pm
Thanks Helio. I was always curious about that. If I downloaded Adware and I already had spyware in my computer, would it get rid of it?
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 04:26 pm
Yes Montana, it will.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 04:28 pm
Thanks CJ ;-)
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 04:48 pm
Not so fast. Adware misses many many many different kinds of spyware. A false sense of security is dangerous so I must note that.

Spybot catches some things that Adaware doesn't. These programs make mistakes, don't expect miracles with them.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2003 04:58 pm
Ok, I'll keep that in mind.
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acacia
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2003 06:21 am
HijackThis 1.96

If your homepage has been hijacked, this tool may help. It detects and removes hijacking software, It does not target specific programs/URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites. It is handy companion to Spybot Search and Destroy.

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/
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Montana
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2003 06:45 am
Thanks acacia and welcome to A2K :-D
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