These and other third-party programs can block changes to the IE homepage,
search providers and other settings. Examine the settings of
security/privacy/antispyware programs for the option to lock
homepage, lock IE control panel, lock IE settings, etc.
Spybot (Advanced Mode) Tools> Resident
Norton AV 2006 (Web Browsing > Spyware protection)
McAfee AV or Antispyware
Zone Alarm- free and pro.
If you don't wish to dig through settings of whichever security/privacy
programs you have installed, you may be able to startup in Safe Mode, change
the homepage then restart the computer. That won't always work- an earlier
version of Zone Alarm free had to be uninstalled.
Start Vista in Safe Mode
315222 - A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP:
If a third-party program isn't blocking the change, look at IE> Tools>
Manage add-ons> All add-ons. Is there a listing for the Ask toolbar/Ask
Hope this helps,
[MS MVP- IE]
"David" <David@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> My default search window keeps changing to ASK. I delete it and change it
> Google and after reboot, it changes back to ASK. How can I permanently
> delete ASK as an option. And why did this just start happening a few