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« on: May 27, 2004, 02:27:06 AM »

Operating System Version: WIN XP PRO
Problem Application Name & Version: MY(F#@$#)POISKOVIK
Problem Hardware Make & Model: n/a
Error Messages: Home Page Hijacked To and WINMIN TSR ****.

Had major problem with homepage being hijacked to and some WINMIN.EXE staying resident and hanging on shutdown and FOUND SOLUTION.

After reinstalling WinXP and Reading every post I finally figured out what was going on through a very long and serendipitous chain of events I won't begin to recount.

BOTTOM LINE: WINLOGIN.EXE is the culprit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This file gets copied into the C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS folder for the user unfortunate enough to catch this bad boy.

It gets stuck in the PROGRAMS\START folder and is readonly and won't let you delete it unless you are in SAFE MODE.

I believe (IMHO) that winlogin.exe is constantly running and hijacking everyone's home page no matter how many times they run hijackthis or cool web shredder or spyware eliminator or ad-aware because winlogin.exe just keeps putting back the evil settings (favorites and homepage) that's driving everyone nuts.

The thing I think they are doing that the author thinks is cute is naming it winlogin.exe in the first place because there is a real file called WINLOGON.EXE that is necessary for windows to operate.

So I would do the following to fix this bull goose loony...

See if you have 1 or more copies of winlogin.exe in your c:\documents and settings folder hierarchy... just run a search and be sure it can search all subfolders.

If you find winlogin.exe you have the same problem I did.

Then fixing it is a snap.

Restart in safe mode.

Delete all copies of winlogin.exe your search finds.

Run your Cool Web Shredder and HiJackThis and Ad-Aware stuff and kill any references to mypoiskovik.

Go into IE and delete any unwanted favorites and make sure you set your homepage to something you want or blank.

Empty your recycle bin.


That should fix it.

If it doesn't then maybe you have another malware program (other than winlogin.exe) resetting your home page and favorites.

If this helps one person avoid the 5 days I spent on this problem I will be happy and THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE POSTED!!!! I COULD NOT HAVE FIGURED THIS OUT WITHOUT THEIR HELP!!!!


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