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What is the About:Blank problem?

About:Blank is an hijacking program that comes in the form of adware, and can take completely control of the browser. The program can also change the settings of your Internet connection, and continuously display popup advertisements on the computer. Although the program does not cause a direct threat to the system, it can result in waste of quality time and effort. The program is known to offer backdoor entry to other malware and is able to create a few security flaws in the system.

The application is a small variation of the advanced Cool Web Search. The About: Blank hijacker has many other variants, that are technically difficult to remove or evade. It is also referred to as the HomeOldSP hijacker, as it changes the registry settings making new entries such as
\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,HomeOldSP = about:blank

Prevention Is The Solution

If you are worried about having About:Blank on your PC, you should watch out for certain factors. A major thing that you might notice would be the system running very slow. Basically, the virtual memory of your system allows it to operate as a platform for various programs to run. Every system has its own share of virtual memory space, and the more virtual memory you assign to it, the slower would the system respond.

If About:Blank has become a part of the system, it will feed on the virtual memory, keeping very little room for the various programs to function properly. An excellent way of identifying if the PC is infected with About:Blank is to check the Processes tab in the Windows Task Manager. If you are not running any programs at present but the CPU usage is almost 80% or even more, there are chances that your system has been infected with About:Blank or any of its counterparts that have turned into the primary occupant of your system.

How about blank works

Another thing that you would notice when your system is infected with About:Blank is the popup ads that you would get during the course of any browsing sessions. About:Blank works smart. It gauges what are the primary keywords on the pages that are being viewed and sends you ads related to these keywords. For instance if you are browsing site on banking or finance it would you a pop-up ad about any company that deals with loans or banking services.

If You Get This You Are Infected

Even though you don’t hit any of the About:Blank ads, there are high chances of sending the links to the advertisers. A major problem about About:Blank noticed by many is the indecency and adult-oriented pop-ups. Considering the same, if children browse the net very often it would be advisable to keep them away from the computer till you totally do away with About:Blank. Many of these popup advertisements are related to adult-oriented or pornographic sites , or even gambling sites, and keeping the kids away from these ads would be recommended.

Be aware of the fact that clicking on any of these sites could pose as a threat to your system. This might direct you to various sites that could be ready hosts of spyware, adware or any kind of malware that are automatically downloaded on the system, creating more problems for the various functions of the computer and its subsequent programs.

About:Blank is known to literally takeover the browser and change the internet settings. You might have noticed that the default page has changed to About:Blank of any of its affiliates as the new default page. In addition, you might also notice that you have a new system redirect page. Whenever there is a problem with the loading of a certain webpage or website you will be automatically directed to a About:Blank page instead of the generic "Page Loading Problem" site. About:Blank changes the internet security settings to such an extent that there is a ready outlet for the various adware and spyware to enter the system and create serious problems.

How To Remove About:Blank

If you are thinking of removing About:Blank, you have four options. You can use the add/removes option in the control panel. However, this doesn’t work in some cases as the option does not feature in the list of programs.

Likewise, you might feel that you have successfully eliminated About:Blank from your system but it still appears on your system the next you work on it. In such cases, you could use the system restore option for restoring the system to its previous settings. This may not work in some circumstances like incompatibility pf the Windows version with the System Boot or Restore to the Last Known Good Settings. Secondly, it may not work as About:Blank is taken as a part of the system, the System Restore would only work only till the point when About:Blank first became the part of the system.

Another option you could try is to manually remove About:Blank from the computer. This could be a relatively difficult process as you would have to remove not only the associated program files but also the registry keys created by About:Blank at startup. Be careful while working within the computer registry. A small keystroke error might totally change the way the system operates. To be on the safer side, seek help from a professional.

Manual Method

A technically difficult method, the manual removal technique of about: blank is often avoided by professional. An error in removal can cause the application to relapse.
You would need two programs for this procedure.
• HijackThis (an anti hijacking program)
• a registry defragmenting and cleaning program
Both these programs are necessary to able to detect the hidden dll file without the hijacker forcing a reinstall or creating a better About:blank strain.
Using the registry program access the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Locate the registry key AppInit_DLLs and review the value within. The value within the key is the hidden system file that causes the hijack. Use the Windows recovery prompt to rename the file. Reboot the system in the recovery console using a Windows original disk or by running “cd \windows\system32”
U can manually remove the hidden file, by using the command “RENAME hidden.dll badfile.dll”. Reboot windows by saving and exiting. To prevent the strain from returning to your system, you must upgrade and run your present anti-spyware application.


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