StartPage
Guard 2.5


Latest Version:
2.52
Platform: Windows 9x, ME, NT 4.0, 2K, XP
Size: 417 Kb
Status: Freeware

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NEWS:

* Please note: development life cycle of this program came to an end. This page is being kept here for the reference only.
 
* Version 2.52 - Deals with hi-jacking search-pages through executable URLs
 
* Version 2.5 - Rewritten procedure for handling search-page hijacking through the HOSTS file.
 
* Version 2.2 - Improved "eradication procedure". Many small tweeks and improvments. Detects even more hi-jackers.
 
* Version 2.1 - Detects more hi-jackers. Improved speed on simple cases like topsearcher (sp.dll), REGSVC32.exe (wowsearch.org, ace-webmaster.com, exemegaseek.net, hastalavista.com ), gshp.vbs, etc.
 
* Version 2.0 - SEARCHPAGE GUARD added. Now user can control StartPage and SearchPage settings as well. Every parameter for SearchPage can be set independently without fiddling with registry. Please read HELP - is really useful. Now SPG detects and _remove_ many more invaders, including those that attempted to overtake SearchPages.
 
* Version 1.3 - added detection for 52XYXY.COM. Also part of the scan engine has been rewritten, plus minor changes to the user interface.
 
* Version 1.2 is an effective cure against more "persistent intruders" like SEXHOUND and MYCPWORLD.
 

THE PROGRAM

StartPage Guard (SPG) protects your PC from cyberscam, by detecting and preventing any unauthorized changes to your internet browser's Start and Search pages. It is also capable of removing automatically most of known "invaders".

BACKGROUND

Malicious programs (viruses, trojans, backdoors, etc.) sometime change the StartPage to "gain the ground". Spywares use this way to invade user's privacy by tracking destinations which user visited, and collecting personal information. In some cases this activity may be totally transparent to the user. But most often this is just plain annoyance when start page is changed without asking user's permission. SPG effectively deals with all this problems, making surfing the net safer, more secure, and by reducing frustaration - more fun.

FEATURES

* ALWAYS remember user-selected StartPage.
* ALWAYS remember user-selected SearchPage settings.
* Alerts if start or search page has been changed.
* Detects and reports transparent-redirect attempts.
* Can automatically revert to user-selected start and search page without user interaction.
* Deals with disabled (grayed) set-startpage-address buttons on IE.
* Simple and user friendly interface.
* Includes useful HELP (please read at least once).
* Whole program is a single, file, written in C++.
* Install / uninstall included.


Copyright 2002
Piotr J. Walczak

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