There has been so many complaints about this adware or spyware program, I created this page to show you a simple way to remove it.
Steps to take to remove the about:blank spyware
1) First, you need to get the about:blank page displayed, so open your Internet Explorer web browser.
2) If you have this spyware on your computer, then your browser will open to about:blank as expected.
3) Click "View" on the toolbar at the top, then click the "View Source" option.
4) Look for something like the following:
res://%43%3a%5c%57%49%..... (or something like this). Copy the entire string, make sure you copy the ENTIRE string from start to end.
5) Now you need to translate this to the actual name. Many sites will do this for you.
Go to http://www.simplelogic.com/Developer/URLDecode.asp and paste the string you copied into the box and press the "clean" button.
6) You will see a string and dll file name (that ends with dll). Go to that folder, its most likely located in your windows\system32 folder. Make sure
you have your explorer set to show hidden files. Now simply rename the dll file. Reboot immediately. Problem solved.
NOTE: For experienced users, if you cannot find the file in your browser as listed in #3, this may be because there are several different about:blank spyware
versions floating around, and you possibly may have gotten a different adware or spyware version of about blank. In this case, if you are familiar with the
windows registry, go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows and then view AppInit_DLLs. Get the value
from that key and this is your dll file that you need to rename, as specified in the removal instructions above. It basically allows you to skip the
first 5 steps and go right to the rename step. You have to be a little more technical to use this method, as you need
to be a little familiar with the registry and what that is, but you can find the about blank spyware dll module by going directly to this
registry key. Make sure you have explorer set to show all hidden files, otherwise you may not see this when you look for it, but it should
be in your c:\windows\system32 folder.
Prevent Spyware: The best way to prevent spyware is to always know what is installed on your computer. Many programs run when you reboot
your pc, or run as activex or browser helper objects everytime you open your web browser. By monitoring these areas you can easily eliminate spyware
or adware at the source, since they do not have any way to actually activate on your computer. You can run msconfig on your computer by clicking start,
then run, then type msconfig and press OK to open the window. There are 2 very important tabs on this computer screen, one which says startup and one
which says services. These are all computer programs that run whenever you bootup your system. Normally if you get a new virus, spyware, or trojan program,
it will appear in this list. Becoming familiar with these programs is a good thing to do. Keep in mind you can also go through that and remove some
garbage programs that may be running like media players or instant messengers, as there is no reason to have non system related programs running
automatically everytime you reboot. By following these simple steps you can keep your computer spyware and adware free now and hopefully in the future!
Disk Cleanup: To cleanup your hard drive of various junk, please visit the hard drive cleaner homepage.