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I am running Windows 7...I set my homepage on Firefox. Everytime I restart my computer...my homepage goes to http://www.searchnu.com/421. What is that?


I set my homepage up as www.rapidoffice.com as described in the firefox directory. However, when I restart my computer and open Firefox, http://www.searchnu.com/421 appears as my homepage. I am afraid this is a virus. Can you tell me what to do? I am running Windows 7 home addition.

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can you check your system for any spyware related infection.

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Hi culpepper,

You should take a look at the Knowledge Base article How to set the home page. Your homepage might have been changed by a particular site. Sites like MSN, Yahoo, etc have been know to ask to become your homepage.

There are steps in that article to reset your homepage preferences to default. I would try that first to clear out any strangeness. If that works, you can try setting your homepage again to your personal preference.

If that doesn't work you should look at the article How to fix preferences that won't save.

We also have a troubleshooting section for home page issues that mentions that site as well. Finally, your issue may be because you've been hit with some Malware.

Hopefully this helps!

String 1 solutions 15 answers

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can you check your system for any spyware related infection.

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Thank you!!!! I did go in and reset everything to "default"...then reset my homepage and that solved the problem.

Thank you again for your help!


Lary_Smith 1 solutions 38 answers

I am searching the info to remove it. I am trying this: http://blog.teesupport.com/infected-with-searchnu-com421-redirect-virus-remove-searchnu-com421-manually-step-by-step/. Can you tell us the specific steps to remove .searchnu.com/421 browser hijacker? Thanks in advance :)

String 1 solutions 15 answers

Larry, you can try any anti virus with anti spyware capabilities software. Try free available (SpybotSD) which is good for detecting browser hijacks. There are many solutions But as piece of advice don't fall for them better use good antivirus & anti spyware.

Cobe 0 solutions 3 answers

Hi culpepper, I had the same problem just now,may i give you a good way to solve the problem, you should find out How to set the home page,what i use to search information is google,i resettled the home page,the problem's gone hopefully it hopes

Cobe 0 solutions 3 answers

Hi Matt_G may i ask you if you are Chinese, i am a Chinese student, majoring in English, i took a look at the answer you've given just now,i have to say your English is great, “^o^” your reply is appreciated.By the way,i just used the"FIREFOX", i'm not sure whether it's used all over the world my email, cobe88@yahoo.cn