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Hacked Explorer

by markB / November 19, 2004 4:08 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 roddy32 / November 19, 2004 9:07 PM PST
In reply to: Hacked Explorer

Before we get to your problem, I noticed that you posted your question in a number of CNET Forums which does nothing but confuse things. I've already seen your post here, Computer help, and the Window's XP Forum, I haven't checked all of the others. Second thing is NEVER post your here e-mail address on a forum ANYWHERE. There are bots that will pick it up for spam, etc. purposes. Third, Symantec (Norton)added this adware to their detections on Live Update on October 6th, 2004 which means that probably all the AV companies have it listed which means that you aren't using AV protection or aren't keeping it current. There may be more than one way to get rid of this but this link I'm going to provide is the directions from Symantec. It involves going into the registry so MAKE sure you back it up. Once you get this problem taken care of, we will provide you with some suggestions as to prevention for future attacks. Hope this helps.
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/adware.begin2search.html

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Re: Hacked Explorer
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 20, 2004 11:23 AM PST
In reply to: Hacked Explorer

Mark,

In addition to Roddy's good link, here are some more. Click on the link and download, install, update, then run the free spyware removal tools they provide:

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