From: Scott (anonymous_at_discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 07:00:32 -0700
This tool did the trick after I figured out that the
hio.dll file had attached itself to both the Explorer
process and another program called dd.exe. I was able to
remove it and got back my Internet Explorer -- turns out
that this thing takes over the default URL and search page
in Internet Explorer and doesn't allow you to reset it --
very annoying indeed!.
>It's not a WinXP or Win98 file, and the last article I
can find on it was
>written in 1997 as you say about Win95.
>Lots of malware generates character string type names, so
some names might
>turn out to be readable.
>If you're running Win 2K or XP, there's a program called
>Manipulator available from:
>It will let you search through the running processes to
find the offending
>..dll, then unload it from the process.
>Once it's no longer running, you can delete it.
>Change' boos' to 'bos' in address to email directly
>"Scott L" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> Norton Antivirus is flagging hio.dll as potential adware
>> yet fails when trying to remove it. Even when
>> in Safe Mode as Symantec suggests doesn't allow removal.
>> The only thing I find when searching Google is some Java
>> reference that this enable direct hardware access in
>> Win95. Do I need this file? If not, any ideas on how
>> get rid of it?
>> Thanks Much,