I'm also an @home user. If I were you I'd get a
firewall, quick. Mine allows me to block the ad
sites so I don't get the popups, or banners. I
had to configure it thou.
When the @home tech installed the cable modem he
installed an @home branded version of IE. I
couldn't say how much of a customized version of
IE it is because I refused to let the tech touch
my machine. If you want to get rid of the @home
logo on IE I think you have to uninstall IE and
re-install a version from MS.