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Spyware replaces search engine URL

By gregory.dvorkin ·
Some of the viruses or spyware replaced the search engine that IE 6 calls when wrong URL is entered in the address field. Even if virus and spyware is removed, I still have problems. Also, it is normally possible in IE to enter URL like and IE adds http://. Now it is not working, I alwasy get error messages. How to restore it to the original settings? Where it is defined? How to prevent that from being replaced?


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by statykserver In reply to Spyware replaces search e ...

I don't know where the setting is but you could try reinstalling internet explorer by following these procedures.

Start the Registry Editor
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Active Setup \ Installed Components \ {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}
right-click the IsInstalled value, and then click Modify
Change the value data, from 1 to 0
Close the registry editor
Download and install Internet Explorer 6.
The above will let you reinstall the Internet Explorer 6 browser component. To reinstall Outlook Express 6, change the IsInstalled value from the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Active Setup \ Installed Components \ {44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}

If you get it working properly again try installing spybot s& d to lock your homepage and some other spyware related prevention.

Hope this helps

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by Oz_Media In reply to Spyware replaces search e ...

You can follow the above directions, which WILL let you reinstal a fresh copy of IE. Hae you trid just runnign an IE repair and then setting up the connection from scratch with the Internet SETUP Wizard?

Go to ADD/Remove Programs in teh control panel, and click REMOVE uder IE, it will bring up a dialogue for you to remove, or repair IE.

Run a REPAIR (it will update as needed from the internet) and then open IE go to TOOLS>INTErNET oPTIONS and click the CONNECTIONS tab, rerun the STEUP wizad and see if it helps.

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by pcbuddy In reply to Spyware replaces search e ...

i had the same problem a few days ago, i had to download and run spydoctor, ran norton anti-virus. ran a search of that particular website that locked my homepage and manually deleted any entries on my hard drive and registry.In the registry you'd go to edit>find, enter the site name that you need to remove. then delete it (edit>delete).empty your recycle.the next step you would take is to prevent that from happening by making sure you have up todate anti-virus and spyware remover software.hope that helps:-)

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