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How can I get rid of unwanted OpenOffice side affects?

by jackw1926 / January 15, 2013 12:19 AM PST

I made the mistake of downloading and installing OpenOffice 3.1 without reading the fine print. Big error on my part! I have removed it and a couple of other things, 2 copies of that had been installed, but my copy of Netscape still changes my home page back to{***} rather than what I set it to be and the pages that I download still show links to sites that have been added by their code bases on phrases like "Web pages" and words like "marriage". IE allowed me to change the home page back to what I want but it also shows the added links. Is there any way, short of removing and replacing Netscape and IE that I can fix this problem?

Thanks for any help that I can get..

Old too soon, smart too late..

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Clarification Request
Ahh, can I ask a few questions?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2013 12:22 AM PST

Why did you go with Open Office and not the newer LibreOffice?

As to homepage settings, isn't that just a setting we control?

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by pgc3 / January 15, 2013 1:35 AM PST

Geeez, I didn't know that anyone used Netscape any more...and you are right, Libre Office is the way to go.

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by jackw1926 / January 15, 2013 9:53 PM PST
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Geeez, I didn't know that anyone used Netscape any more...

Sorry, typo... I use Firefox not Netscape. I must have had a senior moment.
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by jackw1926 / January 15, 2013 9:37 PM PST
Why did you go with Open Office and not the newer LibreOffice?

Because I use Open Office on another system and I am somewhat familiar with it and, at this point, I have never heard of LibreOffice before.

As to homepage settings, isn't that just a setting we control?

It is supposed to be but that is one of my problems, I change it in Tools > Options > General and it works until the next time I use Netscape and it gets changed back.
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Now that sounds like malware.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2013 5:39 AM PST
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Open Office in any version never changed the home pag
by jackw1926 / January 16, 2013 9:36 PM PST

I beg to differ: The version that I downloaded just the other day did! It changed the home page in both Firefox and IE and added a tab to Google Chrome with the same link. As noted above, changing Firefox back only works until you end it and then start it up again.

Thanks for the link, I'll give a try.

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Re: OO
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 16, 2013 9:45 PM PST

What version did you download from where (link to download page please)? And, just to check, what was the exact size of the installer?


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by jackw1926 / January 17, 2013 12:32 AM PST
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Norton Internet Security
by jackw1926 / January 17, 2013 12:40 AM PST

I should have mentioned earlier that I did a full system scan using a freshly updated Norton Internet Security. It found a few tracking cookies but nothing else of interest...

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So no scans with tools that Grif noted?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2013 12:42 AM PST

Norton only picks up so much. You can imagine our looks when a client says their PC does not have a virus because "I have Norton."

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by jackw1926 / January 17, 2013 10:00 PM PST

Don't sell Norton short. I ran their Reputation Scan and found some interesting stuff. It flagged 1 "Bad" DLL, 16 "Poor" DLLs and 1 "Poor" EXE that had all been "Downloaded from an known origin" just a few minutes after the openofficesuite-setup.exe file was downloaded. This led me to a couple of hidden directories ( & TNT2) that had been created at the same time under "C:\Documents and Settings\Jack Weaver\Local Settings\Application Data" and they had a whole bunch of other files as well as the ones that Norton flagged. I think that I have located the cancer now I have to figure out how to excise it. Any suggestions?

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I didn't sell it short. I shared the story.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 18, 2013 1:29 AM PST
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If you found the file you want gone, as the movie line goes -> "We have ways."

From booting to safe mode to booting a LiveCD (I use linux ones) I can delete any file.

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Point taken...
by jackw1926 / January 18, 2013 2:05 AM PST

Okay, I see your point...

You're lucky, with Linux, and with eCS which I use for the support of my website, I could do the same. With Windows XP which I use for my personal stuff and where I have the problem, I have to be more cautious. Microsoft is not famous for making it's software forgiving and I'm not as familiar with it's fine points as I should be, beside it's not the file, its 3 directories and 54 files and I have no idea at all how they have gained access to my browsers' home page and search engine settings and output.

I hope that I can get both my website support and my personal stuff off of eCs and XP and under Linux by the end of the year but I have never used Linux. I worked with a Unix based system for a short time but that was 30 years ago...

Anybody out that is an XP user????

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Sure, we can do that too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 18, 2013 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: Point taken...

Let's say that the user can't click around the screens to open a folder and delete a file on Linux because it's Linux (looks the same to me in the GUI). Strange but let's go with that. But first let me state the it's a LiveCD with no install so I never have to touch the XP OS or install Linux.


Tip: Use the Direct Download Link.

So here you go. A LiveCD for XP users.

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