Change your hijacked browser’s homepage

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:

  1. Clicked “Start” on bottom left hand of screen (not in the browser; on the desktop)
  2. Selected “Run…”
  3. Typed “regedt32”
  4. Hit “Enter”
  5. Clicked the folders on the left open until I was in “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main”
  6. When the Main folder was open, the files appeared on the right side of the window
  7. Found the file entitled “Start Page”
  8. Double Clicked it and Changed the web address there to the one he wanted
  9. Clicked “OK”
  10. Closed the window

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