How To: Restore hijacked Internet explorer homepage [windows]

Did you know that 9 out of every 10 computer user had their browser’s home page hijacked at least once? Internet explorer has been like a playground that easily lets itself exploited and a malicious code could change the default home page of the browser to anything you want.

Anyway, if you currently have this problem and are searching for a solution to fix it, keep reading this post.

What is hijacking of Internet explorer homepage?

A security hole in browser could allow malicious code to directly make changes to the registry of the Windows operating system such that the home page settings in the registry could be altered to reset the default home page to some other website. This causes the Internet explorer to show some other website when its open.

Why am I unable to reset the home page in Internet explorer settings window?

You try to reset the home page in Internet explorer settings window but it reverts to the old homepage. This happens because there could be a piece of executable code that is getting loaded as soon as you start the system and that code watches the Internet explorer’s home page settings and keeps resetting it every time you boot the system.

How to fix the hijacked Internet explorer homepage?

It’s very easy to fix this problem and restore your Internet explorer’s homepage to the default or a website of your choice. Follow these steps to solve this problem.

  1. Download Spybot-S&D program to examines vulnerable parts of your system. The software is free and works very well. Install it and run a scan.
  2. Click Start > Run and type %TEMP% in the run prompt. Hit Enter. This will open up the folder that stores temporary files often left behind by application installer. Delete all the files. You may not be able to delete some of them as they might be used at the moment. Delete as many as you can.
  3. After you are done with the above steps, and if the problem still persists, this is what you should now be doing. Open registry editor, Start > Run > regedit, and navigate to the following keys in the registry, one by one, and look for Default_Page_URL key on the right. That’s what should be changed to whatever you want. Also check the Start Page key and Default_Page_URL key matches.
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain]
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain]

Now that you know what to do to resolve the Windows Internet explorer homepage problem, read the steps to keep spywares and adwares away from your system to avoid such problems in future.