Anyone know how to Lock Homepage in IE?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Pretender, Jan 17, 2004.

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  1. Pretender
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    Pretender Registered Member

    I'm using XP. Knew how to do it in ME, but not sure about XP?
  2. LowWaterMark
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    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Do you mean to gray out the option to change the home page when you go into "IE" > "Tools" menu > "Internet Options..." > "General" tab > "Home Page" section?

    If so, SpywareBlaster and Spybot S&D both have built-in options to lock that. Also, the registry key to do it is:

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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
    "Homepage"=dword:00000001
  3. Pretender
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    Will that lock the homepage on the internet? SSD doesn't. Where in SpyBlaster do I do this? Be easy...........I'm vulnerable for lack of knowledge here. :oops:

    SSD doesn't lock IE homepage on interenet.
  4. snowbound
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    snowbound Retired Moderator

    Hi Pretender :)

    SSD locks your homepage from other users on your computer.

    It does not prevent hijackers on the internet from changing it.



    snowbound
  5. snowbound
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    snowbound Retired Moderator

    Pretender,

    I think this what LWM was talking about in SpywareBlaster.

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  6. Pretender
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    Pretender Registered Member

    I already have that ckd in SpyBlaster.

    LWM,

    Please look at screen shot and be gentle when giving my the steps to change if needed.

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  7. Pieter_Arntz
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    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

    Hi Pretender,

    Nothing will prevent a hijacker from writing a different Homepage to your registry.
    Some software promises to do that, but all they really do is rewrite your preferred Homepage back to the registry (overwriting the hijack).

    As stated before Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster lock those options for (not so knowledgeable) fellow users of the same computer.

    SpywareGuard warns you when a warning takes place, which is what I prefer, because then I know something is going on.

    Regards,

    Pieter
  8. LowWaterMark
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    Hi Pretender,

    Okay, seeing your other threads on this subject, I guess the real question was what those options actually do and don't do... (Both Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster have a common setting option between them, the one that "locks the home page from local user changes." These both set the exact same registry key that I listed above.)

    You seem to have found the answer as you stated over in your other thread here:

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=19775

    I agree that some people do believe those options are hijack protectors, which of course they are not, though SpywareBlaster's is a little clearer about what it actually does. And, the next version of Spybot S&D is going to be changed to be clearer as well.
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