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Homepage keeps changing to www.syssecuritysite.com

 
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Steve



Joined: 07 Feb 2006
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Location: Bangalore, India

PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:53 pm    Post subject: Homepage keeps changing to www.syssecuritysite.com Reply with quote

Hi. You guys have helped me in the past, I hope you can help with this one.

I was using my computer and it kept coming up with all sorts of messages saying I was infected with Spyware. I have installed Ewido and scanned my system, it has removed a lot of stuff, but now whenever I open IE it goes to the page:
Code:
www.syssecuritysite.com
According to IE settings the homepage is set to:
Code:
about:blank
and it keeps resetting itself if I change it.

Please can you help me get rid of it!!!

Incidentally, Firefox is not affected!
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SoftStag



Joined: 05 Feb 2006
Posts: 2049
Location: UK

PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve

This seems to be a new spyware. Apparently this can come with some dubious video codec software. If you downloaded any video codecs just before this happened, then I would suggest trying to remove it from Add/Remove Programs.

Once you have done that, download this tool and run it. Read the instructions carefully, you will need to run it in Safe Mode in order to remove the infection. To get in to Safe Mode do the following:
Arrow Turn on your computer, and immediately start tapping the F8 key until a menu comes up
Arrow Use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode and press Enter

Let us know if this helps.
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Steve



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Thanks for the quick reply! I tried this and it seems to have worked. I did have to reset the homepage though.

You were right, I had installed Zipcodec. Some advice for anyone else - don't install zipcodec it will mess your PC up!

Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad your problem is solved. You should always be careful installing software from unverified sources.

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