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Old Nov 7th, 2004, 02:56 PM   #1
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Not a Mac issue but most of the people on here are dual users so I thought I'd get some input from you guys.

Most PC issues are pretty easy to fix ( run adaware, clean out the Reg manually etc ) but this one kept me busy for hours yesterday and is still unsolved.

It's Win XP with SP2 on it. Mucho crap on it due to the users love of eMule, I have no idea what was installed on it prior to my looking at it. ( I know, eMule... they were asking for it.) [img]graemlins/lmao.gif[/img]

Basicly, it was looking like a hijacking issue as .gif links were not working from IE. MSN.com and Yahoo.com to be specific. They had the " Page cannot be displayed" in the .gifs place on one site and nothing but the "X" on other sites. Downloaded and installed Firefox and had the same issue. This leads me to start checking out the OS and MSCONFIG. MSCONFIG was clean as far as I can see. Did a Safe Mode boot and same deal, blocked on those links.
Looked a little further into the OS side of it and discoverd that I can override the hijack ( stupid concept isn't it ) by adding the source links from the blocked .gifs to the HOST file in Windows. Good resolution I suppose but I don't have time to verify if every site on the internet works and add every link to the HOST file.
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Also, there is Firewall software running, like 3 types ( I let her know she only needed one ) but once again, Safe Mode did the same issue so I can't really speculate its that.

Any ideas on where to look for this little bugger?

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Old Nov 7th, 2004, 06:31 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good possibility that there is some fun spyware and general "crap" on there.

Download both Spybot and Spyware Blaster.

Together they will take care of any browser hijacks, bugs, spyware and bad active X apps.

And I would highly recommend Mozilla or Firefox as the default browser.

And if all else fails there is always this website! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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