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By Gooser12 ·
I am getting a strange toolbar on the bottom of my internet explorer - it is also changing my homepage to :
http://searchweb2.com/passthrough/index.html?http:(my normal homepage)
how can I get rid of this bar, when I re-do my homepage It is fine until I log off or reboot and then it comes right back.

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by kathyjp In reply to Strange Toolbar

This is caused by a browser hijacker program that has keys in the registry that cause this page to be set as your homepage every time you boot/reboot your computer. Remove it with a spyware program like Lavasoft's Ad-Aware(my favorite)free download from http://www.lavasoft.de/
You will be surprised at how much junk this program will take off your computer and how much better and faster it will run afterwards.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Strange Toolbar

It might be a CoolWebSearch variant. Go here:
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/cwschronicles.html (please remove any spaces)
and get CWShredder.
Run CWShredder to remove it.

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by Gooser12 In reply to Strange Toolbar

I have used Spybot SD to pick up adware and spyware from my machine, but it hasn't caught this.

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by K.Grass In reply to Strange Toolbar

Yup, searchweb2 is classified as spyware (a browser hijacker). Go to http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?lang=pl and download Spybot S&amp version 1.3. Install it along with the Tea Timer. After installation is complete read the Help file and then run the scan. Believe me, you'll be happy you did.

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Added Comment: Spybot (along with all security services) must be kept updated to be effective. Perhaps you're missing an update? Just a thought...

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by Bouchie In reply to Strange Toolbar

I've experienced a similar problem and used a program called HiJackThis. It's freeware - give it a Google if you're still being held hostage.

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