Spybot Search & Destroy Home Page protection
You may want to do this to help your friend protect his home page in Internet Explorer.
Open up Spybot Search & Destroy, check for updates and immunize immediately.
Then, switch to Advance mode, (Mode > Advanced Mode). This will bring up more menu choices in the icons on the left.
Click the "Tools" icon on the left, and you will see in the main window a group of icons with an option to tick any or all of them.
Tick the "IE Tweaks" icon. Then click the IE Tweaks icon on the left. In this page you can tick the top two options, "Lock Hosts file to "read only", so it is protected against hijackers, (also see below), and Lock IE Start Page setting so that nothing can change it. This prevents any viruses, spyware etc from changing Internet Explorer's Home Page. If you set the home page to what your friend wants it first, then set this option, it can no longer be hijacked.
To return to the main Tools page, click the Tools option again. Whilst you are there, tick the following icons;
Resident - Here, if you click the Resident icon on the left, you can set Spybot's "Tea-Timer" function to work. This will continuously monitor the computer, and if any program attempts to set itself to load on startup, a message will be displayed asking for permission or to block it. It is very useful, but if you feel that it may confuse your friend, by leaving the Tea-Timer unticked, he will still get very good protection.
BHO's - Browser Help Objects can often cause problems with Internet Explorer, and this page will list all the BHO's registered with IE. They can be removed here if they cause problems.
Browser Pages - Click the icon in the list on the left will list all of the web site pages that are registered as IE's home or start pages. You can remove bad ones here by highlighting them and clicking "Change" to change it to a safe one, (perhaps one already listed. It doesn't matter if there are 2 or more of the same).
Hosts File - Here, if you now click the Hosts File icon on the left, you can "add" Spybot S&D's list of bad internet sites to the computer's Hosts file. This Hosts file "stops" those sites from loading in the internet browser, and this will help if your friend inadverdently finds himself visiting such bad sites.
System Startup - By clicking the System Startup icon on the left, you will see all the programs that try and load up when the computer is turned on. Many of these are necessary, (eg firewall, anti-virus, etc), but the list can show you any programs that may be suspicious and that you can investigate. Any that you do not want to start, just take the tick out.
There are other options in this Tools page, and you may want to explore them as you wish.
Good luck, I hope this helps.
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