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#629210 - 27th Nov 2011 1:02pm Open New Tab (Error)
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When I open new tab in I.E this has now started coming up

The only search provider i have is google. i can not seem to stop this coming up.


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#629227 - 27th Nov 2011 2:01pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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what is your home page set to?

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#629229 - 27th Nov 2011 2:09pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: lau2908]
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I have reset all ie settings, i have run malware bytes in safe mode, it found nothing.
There is no installed programs that should not be there, there is nothing in c drive programme folder.

I just can not get rid of it
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#629231 - 27th Nov 2011 2:13pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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It's spyware, you'll need to scan in safe mode. Would imagine malwarebytes should pick up whatever's lurking and hijacking the start page. This is old spyware too, any other browser you'd be fine.

In firefox you can edit about:config to change the search.whatever parameters but I think in IE you'll have to revert the program back to default settings to fix the problem if it turns out changing the homepage (and removing any malicious addons) doesn't do it.

Edit: Switch browser and see if the problem repeats itself.
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#629235 - 27th Nov 2011 2:23pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: ex0__]
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I have set ie back to default settings, addons screen capture attached.

I will download firefox now and try that.


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#629237 - 27th Nov 2011 2:26pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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Tools - manage add-ons, remove any google thing there.

This was a feature of google toolbar at one time, I don't use IE so don't know where they are up to on that.
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#629239 - 27th Nov 2011 2:29pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: diggingdeeper]
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there is nothing there from google, i have just installed firefox, and it does not do it on that, but it very very slow to load page.

i dont have system restore turned on, so it looks like i will have to use recovery partion yet again.

What is a good free antivirus to use, am using microsoft security essentials at the moment


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#629272 - 27th Nov 2011 3:33pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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A virus has at some point changed the host file to redirect to that search engine, which probably gets some commission on click throughs.

Check your hosts file to see there isn't anything in there that shouldn't be.

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#629302 - 27th Nov 2011 4:27pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: peodude]
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Originally Posted By: peodude
A virus has at some point changed the host file to redirect to that search engine, which probably gets some commission on click throughs.

Check your hosts file to see there isn't anything in there that shouldn't be.
that just goes right over my head, i ain't got a clue what your talking about.
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#629323 - 27th Nov 2011 5:28pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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go to start then run type this in.... c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts

open it with notepad and see if theres anything down at the bottom

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#629346 - 27th Nov 2011 6:15pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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It's not a virus, don't waste time going down that avenue of thought. MSE is fine. Did malwarebytes in safe mode find nothing??
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#629353 - 27th Nov 2011 6:29pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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Is it worth going back to basics and simply forcing your home page to open when you open a new tab? The screen you have pasted looks very similar to other IE default pages.

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#629354 - 27th Nov 2011 6:30pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: Clive]
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If you want a recommended anti virus, I find Avast coupled with Comodo to be very effective, both free downloads.

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#629356 - 27th Nov 2011 6:43pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: lau2908]
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Originally Posted By: lau2908
go to start then run type this in.... c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts

open it with notepad and see if theres anything down at the bottom
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
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#629357 - 27th Nov 2011 6:44pm Re: Open New Tab (Error) [Re: ex0__]
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Originally Posted By: ex0__
It's not a virus, don't waste time going down that avenue of thought. MSE is fine. Did malwarebytes in safe mode find nothing??
found nothing at all, and i ran it in safe mode
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