Dave, how do I get rid of or uninstall MSN.com home page? I want Yahoo but everytime I change it to Yahoo.com that darn MSN.COM home page comes back. It’s a pain.
There are a few reasons for this. The first is that you have selected your home page with a link rather than within your software. Most people who do this within their browser settings can have fewer problems. We would know more about your problem if we knew what browser you were using, whether you are using MSN software, etc. The MSN software, for example, may have a hidden setting that “hijacks” your homepage.
In Firefox (or Mozilla or Netscape), go to your desired homepage and select Tools –> Options –> General. Then select “use current page.”
In IE, it is very similar. Go to your desired homepage, select Tools –> Internet Options –> General. Select “use current page.”
If this does not solve your problem, then what you might have is a more complicated issue that involves spyware or the MSN software itself. Many spyware programs have scripts that hijack your homepage to something that they want. The puzzling thing is that you don’t generally see a piece of software hijacking to the MSN site. That’s why it may be an MSN setting. When possible, I set up my internet connections to work independent of the branded software; in most cases, the branded software is full of bloated settings that can do things like take your homepage. I am not familiar enough with the MSN software to say. If you are on a dialup connection, you could simply look up your phone number and create a dialup connection that works by itself. You can do this by going into your control panel, selecting network connections, and selecting “create a new connection.” There is a wizard that will walk you through this process.
If it is spyware, you need to go to sections of Ask Dave Taylor and others that discuss in excellent detail how to identify and remove spyware.