no, no! i think mr. B. meant option e) as "none of the above you're [referring to mr. b] an idiot for reading too far into my question"
or at least i hope that's what he meant...saying he's the idiot, not the original poster.
in regards to the question, if it's spyware related, the cause definitely needs to be removed first. then it's just a matter of "TOOLS>OPTIONS>GENERAL" and you set your homepage (for firefox...IE is something similar I'm sure)