Anyone else have this problem? (Ad-aware)

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by m289, Jun 18, 2004.

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  1. m289

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    When i change my home page to about:blank adaware says its malware and changes it to msn.com.

    If i then scan nothing comes up, but if i change it back to about:blank adaware wants to change it back to msn.com
     
  2. LowWaterMark

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    Re: Anyone else have this problem?

    Just to clarify... You are manually changing your browser page to the real blank page (aka. about:blank), not that you are being hijacked by the spyware of the same name, and Ad-aware (Ad-watch?) is aletring and changing it back to a previous msn.com page?

    So you aren't asking about a hijack, but rather how to set Ad-aware to not override your settings?
     
  3. m289

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    Re: Anyone else have this problem?

    Yes i am manually changing it to about:blank.

    But when i do this ad-aware says im infected, and when i delete the infect file it changes it to msn.com.

    Possible browser hijack attempt : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MainStart Pageabout:blank

    Possible Browser Hijack attempt Object recognized!
    Type : RegData
    Data : "about:blank"
    Rootkey : HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Object : Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    Value : Start Page
    Data : "about:blank"

    this is what the logfile says it is
     
  4. m289

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    Re: Anyone else have this problem?

    Im just wondering if this is a problem or simply a bug or something of that sort?
     
  5. LowWaterMark

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    Re: Anyone else have this problem?

    It sounds like a bug in Ad-aware to me, but I don't use it so I can't say for sure. I'll move this thread to Privacy Software and perhaps someone who knows will reply.
     
  6. Bubba

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    Hey m289,

    As you may know there is a browser highjacker called CoolWebSearch(CWS) that is tearing up alot of users machines and one of the variants of a CWS highjack deals with about:blank. You can read more about what Lavasoft\Adaware has to say about the about:blank....and in your case a false positive....in the below Lavasoft Knowledge Base Article 04051801.

    This link---> about:blank Presented By Ad-aware

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    [b]RESOLUTION[/b]
    
    Users that knowingly have about:blank set as their homepage,
    and have no issues with a homepage hijack, can prevent this item
    from being presented on future scans by checking the box next to
    listings indicating about:blank, then right-clicking one of the checked
    items, and then choosing "Add selection toignorelist."
    
     
  7. ronny

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  8. m289

    m289 Guest

    thank you all for the help, was just concernd that it might be more


    i tried searching first, but for some reason i couldnt search about:blank.

    and i didnt think to call it a false positive. Im sorry about that
     
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