I read the “please read first” PC thread; I have AdAware and Spybot installed on my home PC, and they do a pretty good job. But there’s a nagging, though minor, issue that’s irritating me. I didn’t come across it in the thread.
I prefer a “blank” home page on my IE6.x browser, at least until I feel like changing it. But once a week or so, the home page goes to MSN.com. Sure enough, when I go into my options page, the “about :blank” setting has been replaced.
I sent a nastygram via the contact link on MSN.com complaining about this, and of course wasn’t honored with a reply. I know that some outside force is hijacking my home page (I live alone, no other users on my PC), and it’s reasonable to conclude that Microsoft itself is the culprit. I mean, who else would have a motive for rubbing my face in MSN.com? Does the program that automatically checks Microsoft for critical updates do this? If so, why doesn’t it happen every time I activate the browser?
Any suggestions for how to prevent or meaningfully complain about this? It’s a small matter, but it’s wrong , dammit!