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  1. #1
    Frederick Guest

    Default Google has taken over my computer

    I am a new owner of Windows Vista and when ever I turn on my computer and my
    home page starts to load Google interupts and displays a message that the
    address is to long and can't be found. This is particularly annoying as I
    have used this home page for years. It also intercepts some my book marks and
    does and displays a new search page. I have unistalled the Google Desk top as
    I thought this was the culprit but am having the same problem
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    Fred



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    Charlie42 Guest

    Default Re: Google has taken over my computer

    "Frederick" <Frederick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > I am a new owner of Windows Vista and when ever I turn on my
    > computer and my home page starts to load Google interupts and
    > displays a message that the address is to long and can't be found.
    > This is particularly annoying as I have used this home page for
    > years. It also intercepts some my book marks and does and
    > displays a new search page. I have unistalled the Google Desk top
    > as I thought this was the culprit but am having the same problem


    Your computer is pretty likely infected with malware. No Google software
    behaves this way - browser hijackers do.

    Run thorough malware checks with your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.
    Consider posting in the Vista security newsgroup if you still need help
    after that.

    microsoft.public.windows.vista.security:
    http://www.microsoft.com/communities...vista.security

    Charlie42


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    John Barnett MVP Guest

    Default Re: Google has taken over my computer

    Google certainly doesn't behave the way you describe, so you may have
    inadvertently downloaded some malware/spyware. Try running Windows Defender
    from the Vista start menu. Alternatively download Malwarebytes Anti Malware
    (wwww.malwarebytes.org) and run that too.

    It is possible that your home page has been hijacked but that requires more
    specialist knowledge. You need to run an application called 'Hijackthis' to
    create a file of what is going on on your PC. The file needs then to be
    looked at by a Hijackthis expert. There are newsgroups available that can do
    this for you, but you will have to give them time to analyse the contents of
    the file.

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    "Frederick" <Frederick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:44D7A8C2-9169-47B2-A7AF-020FB42925F2@microsoft.com...
    > I am a new owner of Windows Vista and when ever I turn on my computer and
    > my
    > home page starts to load Google interupts and displays a message that the
    > address is to long and can't be found. This is particularly annoying as I
    > have used this home page for years. It also intercepts some my book marks
    > and
    > does and displays a new search page. I have unistalled the Google Desk top
    > as
    > I thought this was the culprit but am having the same problem
    > --
    > Fred



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    John Barnett MVP Guest

    Default Re: Google has taken over my computer

    HappyAndyK the link you supplied doesn't exists, the )in prevents the page
    from loading. The correct link should be
    http://www.winvistaclub.com/e19.html

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    "HappyAndyK" <HappyAndyK.3de82d@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message
    news:HappyAndyK.3de82d@winvistaclub.com...
    >
    > A new owner, you say ? Could it be some pre-installed trial programs or
    > crapware ? You might have to 'de-gunk your PC '
    > (http://www.winvistaclub.com/e19.html)in that case. I suggest you use
    > PC-DeCrapifier and additionally run a 3rd party anti-spyware too. Spybot
    > or a-squared are good freeware.
    >
    >
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