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This Registry Setting:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel


for locking Internet Explorer Home Page itself, with no other infections detected, is not "Bad" as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects:

Registry Data Items Infected:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\HomePage (PUM.Hijack.HomePageControl) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0)

No other Infections detected.

This is a Group Policy Setting every administrator can apply:

Group Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Disable Changing Home Page Settings > Settings Tab - Checked: Enable

as well as a setting in "SpyBot Search & Destroy" to protect changing Internet Explorer Home Page.

In my case, this is a security setting apllied by the administrator. I do not use and do not want to set or change Home Page in Internet Explorer, I open Internet Explorer without Home Page using -nohome shortcut:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -private -nohome

Thanks. :lol:

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Malicious software can use this function to lock in a malicious home page and this is why we fix it.

We assume that advanced users will see and understand the detection and add it to their ignore list. You also have the option to disable ALL Potentially Unwanted Modification alerts in options.

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  • 5 years later...

Scan Date: 7/10/2016
Scan Time: 19:46
Logfile: MBAM_scan.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2016.07.10.05
Rootkit Database: v2016.05.27.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 8
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: (removed)

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 279658
Time Elapsed: 13 min, 29 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Warn
PUM: Warn

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 3
PUM.Optional.HomepageControl, HKLM\SOFTWARE\POLICIES\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\CONTROL PANEL|HomePage, 1, Good: (0), Bad: (1),,[005d48dafe9c88ae69149adf59abf10f]
PUM.Optional.HomepageControl, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\POLICIES\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\CONTROL PANEL|HomePage, 1, Good: (0), Bad: (1),,[d38a071b1f7bc472f38ae792c04428d8]
PUM.Optional.HomepageControl, HKU\S-1-5-21-2223825472-245051289-694463212-1001\SOFTWARE\POLICIES\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\CONTROL PANEL|HomePage, 1, Good: (0), Bad: (1),,[a3bad052643641f5fd7fe69326deb050]

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


Five years later, no development on the subject:

1. Same "detections": No malicious items detected.

2. The only Malware is: the User who make settings on his own system.

3. The so called most recent version cannot even recognise the Operating System which is:  Windows 10.

Thanks.  :(

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Thanks for continuing to support our software after 5 years! :) It's much appreciated. 

The reason the detection hasn't changed after all this time is is because it's still a potentially unwanted modification (PUM). The PUM.Optional classification is different from actual malware which are typically labeled as "Trojan", "Worm", "Spyware", or "Backdoor" instead. Since you or someone you know deliberately changed this policy from its default value, you can safely ignore the detection MBAM gives. As far as Windows 10 not being detected, it could be an issue but it's outside the scope of this subforum. If you want answers regarding this, please create a topic here.


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