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Spyware and Adware

Home Page or Search Page Changed? Scan your Machine!

SUMMARY: If your browser home page or search page has mysteriously changed, it's time to check your machine for spyware.

If you have noticed that your browser's home page and/or search pages have changed, possibly to a search engine you do not recognize or to a website you cannot remember viewing, be careful. There is a chance you may be infected with spyware and adware.

If you change the home page and/or search pages back to the default, close the browser and reopen it, yet the changed pages come back, your machine is almost certainly infected.

If this is the case, consider using some of the scan and removal tools mentioned in the Spyware and Adware section of MalekTips, as well as Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy.

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