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Hacked Explorer

by markB / November 19, 2004 4:07 PM PST

Somehow I got a plugin or something installed into explorer that's created a second address bar and downloads things onto my desktop. It's called Begin2search.com Bar. How do I get rid of this thing???

Please help.
Mark
backyardfire @ hotmail.com

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Re: Hacked Explorer
by Schokers / November 19, 2004 7:18 PM PST
In reply to: Hacked Explorer

Based on a google search, Pest Patrol says that you need to remove the following registry item using regedit. Ensure that you back up your registry first and/or set a restore point

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{52fe5233-367c-4efb-bdd7-0be4d212c107}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\{52fe5233-367c-4efb-bdd7-0be4d212c107}

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Re: Hacked Explorer
by Yew / November 19, 2004 7:54 PM PST
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It's a two step problem.

Step 1: Cleaning up the mess

Download a copy of AdAware and Spybot. Make sure both of them are running the latest definitions file, then let the both of them scan your system. Be revolted by the amount of stuff they will likely find.

Also take this time to visit the Windows Update site, and download any and all items listed as crittical or high priority updates. These are security patches, and should be checked for, and applied, on a bi-weekly basis at least.

Step 2: Prevention

Internet Explorer is unsafe for any amount of use, so stop using it. Download a copy of Mozilla Firefox, and make it your new default browser. It will import virtually all IE settings, so don't worry about that. IE should only be used for visits to Windows Update. The rest of the time, pretend it doesn't even exist.

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Re: Hacked Explorer
by vera kofler / November 19, 2004 8:35 PM PST
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I installed Mozilla Firefox and I am very glad whith this browser, nevertheless if I try to pay my creditcard or my son needs to get to his University page here in Chile it is not possible through Mozilla Firefox have to do it with IE

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