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    How to set the homepage

    With Internet Explorer open, click on Tools, then Internet Options.

    At the top of the page, enter the URL (webpage) you want the browser to open to, then hit Apply at bottom of screen.

    With Netscape, click on Edit, then Preferences.

    On the right side of the screen, you can set the browser to open to a blank page, or to any page you enter in the Home Page field.

    How to create a favorite

    At the top of the page in Internet Explorer, click on Favorites, then Add to Favorites. This will make finding your sites easier. To open a favorite site listing, click Favorites, then click the listed favorite you want to open the browser window to.

    In Netscape, click Bookmarks, then "Bookmark this Page"
    To open a bookmark, click Bookmarks, then click on the desired bookmark.


    A new window that opens unrequested (by you), on your screen is known as a popup. It is often used for advertising and unfortunately, over-used. Popups can be caused by adware and/or spyware located on your PC without having any open browser windows. Some people add programs to the PC to block popups, and others use alternative browsers like Mozilla, Firefox, or Opera to utilize the built-in popup blockers.

    Below are details on each category and how to eliminate these types of issues.


    Generically, adware (spelled all lower case) is any software application in which advertising banners are displayed while the program is running. The authors of these applications include additional code that delivers the ads, which can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen.


    Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. On the Internet (where it is sometimes called a spybot or tracking software), spyware is programming that is put in someone's computer to secretly gather information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties. Spyware can get in a computer as a software virus or as the result of installing a new program. The headache with this type of software is in constant contact with a central server slowing your connection down.

    Browser Hijacking

    A browser hijacker (sometimes called hijackware) is a type of malware program that alters your computer's browser settings so that you are redirected to web sites that you had no intention of visiting. Most browser hijackers alter default home pages and search pages to those of their customers, who pay for that service because of the traffic it generates. More virulent versions often add bookmarks for pornographic web sites to the users' own bookmark collection, generate pornographic pop-up windows faster than the user can click them shut, and redirect users to pornographic sites when they inadvertently mistype a URL or enter a URL without the www. preface. Poorly coded browser hijackers -- which, unsurprisingly, are common -- may also slow your computer down and cause browser crashes.