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About Blank is a software application that belongs to the insidious family of hijackers. Its capabilities are many and its threat to your computer is severe. About Blank takes over the computer's browser, and redirects the user's web searches to ones predetermined through its server. Additionally, About Blank resets the infected computer's homepage to one labeled about blank. Quite often, removal of About Blank is the only way to reset the homepage back to its original setting. This, however, can prove to be a tedious and difficult task.

About Blank is fully capable of tracking the user's browsing habits. It may use this information to issue targeted advertisements or to redirect the browser to similar sites. About Blank has been known to redirect browsers to international pornographic sites, completely against the computer user's will or consent.

Moreover, About Blank is a Browser Helper Object, or BHO, that opens a hole in the security of your computer, opening a port that allows other software applications to install into the infected computer, again without the consent or knowledge of the computer owner. The presence of additional unwanted and unneeded spyware and malware can usurp the Internet resources, causing the computer's processing to become sluggish and unstable.

Computer savvy users can use the registry editor to attempt a removal of this program. A back up of all computer files should be made prior to this, in case something goes wrong. The following steps can be followed to attempt a removal of About Blank from the computer:
  • Click Start
  • Click Run
  • Type 'regedit'
  • Click ok to open the registry editor
Remove the following registry values:
  • 06abaa2d-34ab-4902-a326-409bd9b9a7a5
  • b664647f-efd5-4837-a810-a807139107e5
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\ currentversion\runnetworkservice
  • ce6a1268-9cc9-4ba3-8657-fe1132906cc4
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\ currentversion\runnetworkservice
The following About Blank processes also need to be removed:
  • phafxfa.exe
  • svhost.exe
  • smbdins.exe
  • sethcd.exe
  • tsmsetup.exe
You will also need to delete or remove any of the following directories and their files if they are present on your computer:
  • phafxfa.exe
  • svhost.exe
  • smbdins.exe
  • sethcd.exe
  • tsmsetup.exe
  • wdm.dll
  • achpjba.dll
  • cbme.dll
  • se.dll
  • iesp1.dll
The following DLL files will need to be unregistered:
  • wdm.dll
  • achpjba.dll
  • cbme.dll
  • se.dll
  • iesp1.dll
The above lists are representative of the directories, files, and folders that may be found on your computer if About Blank has been installed. Variations can exist due to the fact that these programs are constantly making new versions in to outwit savvy computer users. About Blank has also been known as About Blank Hijack, About Blank Trojan, About Blank Homepage Hijacker, About:Blank Search Hijacker, CWS.Aboutblank, About Blank Spyware, and About Blank Virus.

It is important to check and make sure that About Blank has been completely removed from your computer. Open the Add/Remove Programs in the control panel to see if the program is still listed. If it is, then, most likely, you have not removed it.

Manual removal of malware, adware, spyware, or viruses can damage important components of your computer. As a result of an improper removal, the computer may not function properly or it may not function at all. Consider the acquisition of an effective and safe anti-spyware program for the safety and security of your computer.
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