A co-worker’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser was hijacked by MSN/Live Instant Messaging chat recently. It happened when he upgraded his PC to a new version of the software and missed a box to un-check. This means that when he started his web surfing his start page had changed to a new one that he didn’t like.
Usually you can change your homepage by going into your Tools/(Internet) Options menu and adding a new homepage. His computer was locked out from doing this.
This is how I fixed it:
- Clicked “Start” on bottom left hand of screen (not in the browser; on the desktop)
- Selected “Run…”
- Typed “regedt32”
- Hit “Enter”
- Clicked the folders on the left open until I was in “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main”
- When the Main folder was open, the files appeared on the right side of the window
- Found the file entitled “Start Page”
- Double Clicked it and Changed the web address there to the one he wanted
- Clicked “OK”
- Closed the window