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For a long time now I have had google as I.E's home page. About two weeks ago I changed this to google news and now wish to revert back to internet explorer. I normally lock my home page in SpyBot but when I changed to google news I forgot to lock it down again. I now find I can't apply any changes to my home page. It's not locked down in either SpyBot or Spyware Blaster, both of which are installed on my computer. I ran various malware programs and 'a squared' found a trojan which it listed as Trojan.Win32.StartPage.akb. 'a squared' removed it and a second run found nothing. Nothing is 'greyed out' in the internet options dialogue box and though I apply the change and click ok, no change to my home page takes place. I am stuck with google news. I tried ‘system restore’ but it wasn’t functioning. Can anyone offer me any advice.
You must turn off System Restore. The trojan will be in there.
did you click apply before ok?
If it still won't 'stick' click here
Sorry for the delay in responding to advice, I was called away from home on company business and have only recently returned.
oakwood. Tried kaspersky, and though trojan is listed, there is no removal tool. It’s a new variant and no description is as yet available.
Graham ®. I had already turned off System Restore.
johnnyrocker. Yes, I do click apply before ok.
VoG™. I followed your advice and tried StartPage Guard but it couldn't fix the problem. I kept getting 'RegSetValueEx Failed with 5'.
As I stated, 'a squared' removed it but I presume the trojan must have altered entries in the registry. I can't find any reference to it when doing a registry search with Registry First Aid. I didn’t expect to but tried out of desperation. If I can’t resolve this then I will restore using Acronis TrueImage. I have an image which was made before this infection occurred.
Thanks to all who responded.
Just thought I would post a conclusion to this problem. After trying everything I could think of and getting nowhere, I decided to restore from an image made using Acronis TI Personal Edition v 8. This was a cover freebie, I forget the magazine now, and earlier in the year I had a dummy run with it when it functioned perfectly. Since then I have been doing a full image every week (takes about 30 minutes) and always keep the last two. Once again, it worked a treat. I owe Acronis a debt of gratitude.
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