I made the big mistake of installing video capture software from NCH and afterwards noticed that besides installing (and trying to install) all kinds of crap I didn't want, without asking (including, ironically, the Ask Toolbar), it attempted to change my IE homepage to something else. I prevented this because Spybot notified me about what it was trying to do, and I denied permission for the registry change.
After this fiasco, I spent a good amount of time rooting NCH out of my machine, but one of its legacies was IE new tab creation. Now, instead of creating a new tab with an "about: blank" in the address bar, it creates a new instance of Gmail! Which is actually what I've set my browser's homepage to, but I want the "about: blank" back!
Anyone know how to fix this?