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How to change your homepage and have it stay changed

If you change your homepage, it should remain changed, but what if you find it goes back, reverts, or doesn't change properly to what you want it to be?! Here's a question and answer which may help:

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 9:48 AM
Subject: CAN YOU HELP?

I wondered if you can help. I read your advice on how to change your start up page on IE and I did that ... tools - internet options....general...... type in the new homepage address with http/: and click on OK. I did all that and came out of IE. However when I restart IE the tesco homepage keeps coming up and it is only if I press the web/home button on my keyboard will the 'newly saved' homepage appear.

When I go back into tools /internet options/general/homepage the 'new' address is still in the box. Even though it was the tesco page that had opened. If I press the default icon in that same section the details in the box changes to the old tesco details.
Is there someway I can make the new address the default and stop the tesco page opening when I open the internet?

I would be grateful if you could advise

Many thanks



----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: CAN YOU HELP?

Hi Fi,

I'll try to help. You've certainly found an interesting puzzler there. At first I thought you might have got spyware, or that it was a "use last page looked at" option, but I've looked at the question more carefully now and I have an idea which may fit all the criteria: It could be that although your new homepage has been set properly in IE, the shortcut by which you are opening IE is pre-set to be
Tesco. Not a problem, and I think the following might work:

1. Press start, and find "Programs".

2. One of the programs on the list is IE.

3. Right click IE and do "create shortcut"

4. Drag and drop the new "IE shortcut" onto the desktop screen.

Now, if that works, you should have a new IE shortcut icon which will open your new choice of homepage rather than Tesco.

I'd be interested to know if this works and is the solution to the problem.

Kind Regards,


thousands of pages - takes weeks to explore


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 8:11 PM
Subject: Re: CAN YOU HELP?

Give yourself a big pat on the back AND a bright shiney gold star. You advice worked and I am most pleased. Thank you ever so much.


Nothing against Tesco, you understand. It's not like getting rid of Google*. It's just that the ISP-supplied shortcut icon sometimes has an inbuilt homepage selection. By creating a new shortcut to Internet Explorer you can get your own choice of default homepage. Then, what you choose comes up first when you start up the browser.

This is a page at Zyra's website, and the correspondence is published here with the consent of the authors. The hope is that this will be helpful to you in case you have a similar situation with your browser start up page

Other reasons for browser homepage reverting: SPYWARE. If your homepage keeps changing back to something which you didn't select, your computer may have caught spyware. Typically the homepage becomes something that's a nuisance. Reputable ISPs don't do this. Also, with spyware you may get annoying popups. Don't worry, you can fix it. It's not a virus, so antivirus software doesn't find it, but anti spyware software does!

There are no silly popups here, so if you get any appearing while you are browsing around Zyra's website you should know they are not from here! They are something which has invaded your computer, and which you can have removed using anti spyware software, some of which is free.

* The reference to "Getting rid of Google" was previously "Getting rid of Yahoo", but it works to get rid of any entrenched default homepage.