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Toolbar Options

By kcav ·
I am running Windows 2000 v5, SP4.

In IE when I click on View | Toolbars six options are displayed. Two are for software no longer on my machine. How can I delete them from the list of toolbars available for screen display?

In Explorer when I click on View | Toolbars and check Search bar a Search bar appears on the screen displaying websites of no interest to me. How can I change the links displayed on the Search toolbar in Windows Explorer? Also, when I select the Links toolbar option, nothing is displayed. How can I control the options available on the Links toolbar in Windows Explorer?

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by Mark In reply to Toolbar Options

Right Click on a blank area of the Toolbar and click customize. You should be able to right click and delete links on the links bar. You should also be able to drag new links to the links bar by dragging the web address after clicking and holding down on the icon next to the address in the address bar.

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by kcav In reply to

That is not what happens on my machine. If I right click on a toolbar a list of toolbars appears. If I click Customize a dialog box appears that allows me to add/remove buttons to a toolbar. I want to delete two items from my list of available toolbars. The software is no longer on my machine so I can not display the toolbars. However I can display the Links toolbar. It displays websites I have no interest in. When I tried to drag them off it didn't work. When I right clicked I got a list of toolbars.

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by Lizzy In reply to Toolbar Options

Sounds like spyware\adware. Download free adware removers and run them to remove things left behind from when the toolbar software was uninstalled\deleted. Two best ones are in no particular order AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy. If you search for "spyware" you should find links to both.
HTH

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by kcav In reply to

I down loaded AdAware and performed a scan. It found 34 suspicious keys in the Registry, and one suspicous file file. I edited the Registry with Regedit and deleted them, and deleted the file from my HDD with Explorer. When I rebooted I went to View | Toolbars. The list of available toolbars still includes two tolbars for which I have removed the software from my machine. I was not able to right click and get a context window with a delete function. When I tried to drag the items off the list they didn't move.

Thank you for your help. Any more ideas?

I installed Zone Alarm. Do you think that is a good idea? What else should I do?

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by kcav In reply to Toolbar Options

Answer very helpful, but I am still having a problem.

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by Lizzy In reply to Toolbar Options

Try the SpyBot Search & Destroy spy\adware remover as well. I use both because they each seem to find other things that the other doesn't.

Go to the Windows Update site and see if there is an update for IE or try to re-install\repair IE.

If all else fails, you may want to re-install Windows. In any case, back up your important files as soon as you can. I don't know much about ZoneAlarm except that it's a good firewall program. You may find out if there is a virus trying to do a DoS attack from your PC, in which case it will point you in the right direction for removing it.

What about anti-virus software? Was there any installed and running before this problem occurred? If not and you install some, update asap, but also check to see if it stays running as some viruses turn off the anti-virus. Post back and let us know what it was that worked for you.

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by kcav In reply to

Hi Lizzy,

Thank you for you reply. A while back I used Norton Anti Virus to get rid of a virus I picked up from one of my students floppy disks. NAV worked, but I stopped using it because it slowed the system down. I also discovered that the BIOS anti virus facility set of all kinds of alarms that had nothing to do with a virus. After that I stopped using anti virus software, and I had no more problems until now.

The name of the software I downloaded is Spyware Nuker v1.25. I ran it and printed a report. Then I manually deleted 34 items from the Registry. They were mainly in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ under:
Internet Explorer\Extensions
Current Version\WinTrust\TrustProviders\...
Mediaplayer\player\sewttings
Windows\Current Version\RUN
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\under
CLSID
Interface
Typelib
After I made the deletions I ran Spyware again, and it reported no suspicious items.

I will download Spybot & Destroy and see what it does.
Thank you for your help.

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by kcav In reply to Toolbar Options

Hi Lizzy,

Thank you for you reply. A while back I used Norton Anti Virus to get rid of a virus I picked up from one of my students floppy disks. NAV worked, but I stopped using it because it slowed the system down. I also discovered that the BIOS anti virus facility set of all kinds of alarms that had nothing to do with a virus. After that I stopped using anti virus software, and I had no more problems until now.

The name of the software I downloaded is Spyware Nuker v1.25. I ran it and printed a report. Then I manually deleted 34 items from the Registry. They were mainly in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ under:
Internet Explorer\Extensions
Current Version\WinTrust\TrustProviders\...
Mediaplayer\player\sewttings
Windows\Current Version\RUN
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\under
CLSID
Interface
Typelib
After I made the deletions I ran Spyware again, and it reported no suspicious items.

I will download Spybot & Destroy and see what it does.
Thank you for your help.

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by kcav In reply to Toolbar Options

Has anyone used an anti spam plug-in that works in Outlook?

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