Hello, long time no see, i'm getting better at fixing problems but can't fix this one. I've looked on the net & it seems to be a popular problem but i can't find a solution. I cannot alter the homepage in internet options, it always resorts back to http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=msnhome I looked the problem up on microsoft's site, article 320159 & it looked quite harrowing & at some stage it suggests a fresh windows installation. I notice the problem can lie with spybot search & destroy in the tools/tweaks section locking the homepage, but the box was already unchecked. Anyway, i uninstalled spybot & restarted & the problem remained, so it's not spybot here.
I have run spybot, full nortons scan, cw shredder, adaware, with no problems found at all. I ran a new program i've come across called, EWIDO, i ran it in safe mode & it found & removed 5 tracking cookies, (even though i had DELETED COOKIES before running this! The problem still persists. Using XP Home Edition.
At this point i am NOT bothered about MSN being the homepage. If it ain't gonna be a major setback for the PC i will leave it be & this will be the end of this thread, but, i'm imagining it's going to be something more sinister than things appear.
I'm really angry if it's something bad as i have only just finished 8 hours of reinstalling windows from scratch, virus updates, office updates, windows updates. It is free from adware, spyware, trojans, worms & viruses for definite. The PC has NEVER worked better than now. Please tell me i can forget about this!
There is no point in doing another fresh installation, i need to find the cause. IMPORTANT.... i have done approx. 10 previous fresh installs of windows on this PC before & have never had a problem when it was all done, so i will tell you what i have done differently this latest time, (although i'm not saying these are the culprits), just letting you know. There are 2 things i've done differently to the other 10 times: i've downloaded FIREFOX (as a much needed emergency 2nd browser to IE), & i've changed ISP from BT to TalkTalk.
I notice when i go to 'start' & 'connect to', it says 'TalkTalk.net', but above this on the list it says connect to 'MY ISP'....when i click on the 'MY ISP' it just says 'dialling'....but nothing happens, it says the remote computer did not respond. However, the TalkTalk broadband works fine.
Could i find the program 'connect to MY ISP' & delete it? Because this certainly was not there before i wiped the hard drive & TalkTalk was installed for 3 days before i wiped everything off & there was only ONE connection option & that was the usual 'connect to TalkTalk.net'.
Hoping i can just either find an easy fix or be ok to leave it be. If i do leave it, am i likely to get a load of grief in the near future? Sorry it's a bit long-winded but i know there can be many causes/situations of why this happens, but after a fresh installation & everything i need is now back on & PC running superb...i needed to clue you up on what i've done.