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    HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by simon]

    If any one can help!!!

    I have an unwanted search engine that keeps coming up automatically in place of my default home page search engine.
    I've checked under internet options and my default page is listed correctly BUT this other engine site seems to overide the default.

    Any ideas of how I can get rid of it would be truly helpful.
    Thank you.
    Simon

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    Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by Intelligent Solutions Inc.]

    Try running a spyware nuker on your machine. Spybot Search and Destroy has worked well for me. You can find it on Downloads.com.

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    Re:Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by Ray Phillips]

    I used Ad-Aware when I had that problem.* It took care of it for me.

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    Re:Re:Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by simon]

    Cheers, I'll give it a try.

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    Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by Bhuminder Singh Chauhan]

    There are a lot of softwares around.

    But the bottom line is that it uses the code written in some file or entry in your registry to load itself.

    Find that and the problem is over.
    The programs mentioned by other people do exactly that.

    Believe me it is better to search the file causing the problem and get rid of it.You have a feeling of self satisfaction.

    All you got to do is remember what URL is being called by the Repeater Script.

    Then find any file in you computer that may have that URL in it -Use File finder from STart Menu.

    If this does not work use Regedit to find a registry entry for the same.

    Also check your History files/tempfiles/tempinternet files for any occourance of the URl.

    If all this fails find a new existing exe installed on you machine. If it does not look like a exe you have installed then Get rid of it.


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    Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by Jeff Winn]

    Since the registry is where Microsoft holds the start page and search pages of your computer you may want to check out the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

    There are a few values in there called Search Page, and Start Page. One of them may be causing the problem. HKEY_CURRENT_USER also holds these values in the same location.

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    Re:Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by Mike Lyons]

    >>If this does not work use Regedit to find a registry entry for the same.<<

    I'd like to point out that you should be EXTREMELY careful when messing around in the registry.* One wrong move and you could render Windows inoperable.

    >>If all this fails find a new existing exe installed on you machine. If it does not look like a exe you have installed then Get rid of it.
    <<

    Yikes!!* There are a lot of EXE files around that I didn't specifically install but are essential to my PC or something I use on it working correctly.* I would NEVER arbitrarily delete an EXE just because I didn't explicitly put it there.

    Mike

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    Re:Re:Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by Bhuminder Singh Chauhan]

    see that is the problem , you know very little about the registry.

    YEs it is very fragile but , it is also the store house of lots and lots of troubles and lots and lots of solutions.

    You have to learn to get around it.

    Eg:

    IF you know you have a Virus called kak.exe on your machine ( norton antivirus told you that)

    there is no harm in finding a key comtaining kak.exe and deleting it.

    However if you find a file like kernel.dll and it shows a virus and you remove it ... then you are asking for trouble.

    ------------------ATTENTION------------------

    JusT for the mistake ...... PLS. do not try all the fiddling arround with the registry at your home without proper guidance.*

    --------------------WARNING-------------------

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    Re:Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by m.posseth]

    1. all those bla bla warnings about the registry,
    i thought i was dealling with Programmers ?

    People who come here should have enough knowledge to know what they can and can`t in the registry

    how can you be a good windows programmer whitout knowledge of the registry is my question ?


    okay said that ,,, :-) ofcourse above reflects my own personal opinion about who should be comunicating in these forums no offense to anyone who doesn`t meet 'my' standards


    but euhhmm about that search engine that appears
    check your hosts file

    Windows 95/98/Me c:\windows\hosts

    Windows NT/2000/XP Pro* c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Windows XP Home c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

    (you may need administrator access for Windows NT/2000/XP)

    NOTE: Hosts is the name of the hosts file and not another directory name. It does not have an extension and so appears to be another directory in the example above.

    cause if i would change that if i wanted everyone to visit my website instead that of another

    ( altering the hostfile can result in entering www.freevbcode.com in your browserbar and apearing at www.iamaspammer.com )

    so check the hostfile i would say you might be surprised what you find in there


    ( ofcourse you can simply the delete the unwanted entry`s whitout harm )


    happy coding :-)




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    Re:HELP!!: unwanted search engine!

    [Originally posted by Andrew Manson]

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    the key - "Search Page". Set yours or nothing.
    Look another registry branch:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\URL\Prefixes
    If in this branch you see your harmfull search page - delete it, but left "http://" preffix.

    But the best way to resolve a problem - search this string (search site) in registry....

    GoOd LuCk
    Andew Manson

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