Internet Explorer allows you to set your own home page. Each time you open your browse, it automatically opens to this particular page. Certain Web pages and spyware are able to reset your home page, changing it to something else, without your permission.

Anti-spyware software may lock Internet Explorer, preventing any changes to the home page, except for changes made by you. If you are not using anti-spyware software, you can make a small change to the Windows Registry to lock Internet Explorer.

To prevent your home page from being changed to something else:

  1. Click Start and click Run.
  2. Type regedit.exe and click OK.
  3. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer.
  4. From the Edit menu, point to New, and click DWORD value.
  5. Type in Homepage and press Enter.
  6. Double click the new DWORD value.
  7. Set to Value data to 1.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Close the Registry Editor.

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