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Looks like I have some kind of virus on my computer. The default home page for Internet Explorer keeps getting set to some site called

Gmail has also been giving me problems in the past few days. I have to view it in HTML mode.

I don't have an antivirus installed.

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Before seeing a flow of "I recommend you this antivirus", with everyone's flavor, keep in mind that there is a question about free antivirus which can be found there: – Gnoupi Nov 16 '09 at 16:27
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I would definitely run a virus scanner nowadays and would recommend the Free edition of AVG

I have used this one for years and have been very happy with it.

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Homepage hijacking is most certainly an indicator for a malware attack.

First, run MBAM (quick scan will usually suffice), then scan your computer thoroughly for viruses.

If you're looking for a 'non-resident' virus (and malware) scanner, i recommend a-squared FREE.

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Once you get the virus/malware problem solved you may still have problems with homepage/link hijacking. You may want to check out the software WinSockFix as it should help resolve that problem. Depending on what kind of infection you have (and no disrespect to this site), check out the security section of as they have been incredibly helpful for an issue I dealt with in the past.

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