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by Sulochana / September 25, 2004 9:32 PM PDT

presently i am having a problem with sb search tool bar ,i am unable to delete it as the tool bar occupies the homepage ,please help me

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Re: sb search bar tool
by Cursorcowboy / September 25, 2004 9:57 PM PDT
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It's called spyware
by Yew / September 25, 2004 10:20 PM PDT
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And it's probably the #2 reason why you shouldn't be using Internet Explorer (#1 being security issues).

Poke around a bit, and you'll find Bob's list of spyware removal tools. Which takes care of cleaning up the mess you've already got. The next step is to prevent the mess from ever happening again, and to do that you need to use an alternative browser such as Mozilla/Firefox or Opera. You keep IE around for those very few rare sites that won't work with anything else, and Windows Update. Everything else, you use one of the other browsers for. A bigger step in the same direction would be to get rid of any email client that has "Outlook" in the name, for the same reasons as not using IE, only you NEVER use that again.

Should you fail to heed this advice, you are putting yourself at greatly elevated risk of programs hijacking your browser again, and that's the best case scenario. Worst case scenario, is someone exploiting a security hole in IE, using your computer to do something illegal, and leaving you holding the bag. Most likely scenario is that spyware will continue to get onto your system and you'll have to keep removing it constantly. And not all spyware is as obvious as search bars. Some just sit silently, watching what you do, and sending back data about your habits to sleazy companies. Some will even steal credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and passwords by capturing your keystrokes. If you want to take that risk, keep using IE. Otherwise, download the three alternatives I mentioned, try them each out for a few days, and use the one you like best.

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Re: It's called spyware
by Mark5019 / September 26, 2004 1:00 AM PDT
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dont you ever get tired of ranting just a short note will sufice and i use ie i dont have any probs allso use ff and allso moz ok enough rants lets just help people.

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Re: It's called spyware
by Yew / September 26, 2004 3:03 AM PDT

Ever hear the saying, "Treat the disease, not the symptoms"? That's the fundamental difference between us. You just want to treat the symptoms, I'm looking to cure the disease.

So, until you can show me a method as good at curing the disease as not using IE, then I will say with the utmost affection deserved: "Piss off!"

You should also know, that statistically speaking, a sample size of one is laughable. You don't have any problems, but explain to me about the dozens of other people who show up here every day with almost identical problems? Why is it when I worked as a system's analyst for a state University, did I see system after system with 100+ items of spyware on them? I literally saw hundreds of systems with spyware levels in the tripple digits, and that's just at a University of a little less than 30,000 people. I've got literally legions of people to support my statistics, where's yours? We've got you, and who else? Why don't you name 50 off the top of your head right now? I thought so.

So, until such time you can show IE to be a major source of spyware infestation to be false, I say to you sir, "Piss off!" With all due respect and affection.

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Keep it up, Yew.
by chuckieu / September 26, 2004 3:43 AM PDT

The short answer is, because oviously many users still need the information. If you hadn't posted, someone else would have said the same thing. Even Microsoft's computers have been corrupted. Go Figure. I would be
tempted to scan it as a drop-in to save typing though.
chuck

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Fairlady, Have You Tried ???
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 26, 2004 8:44 AM PDT
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....In addition to the other good advice given, have you tried installing the free spyware removal tools from the links below. With the first two, download, install, then update them from within their user interface, then run them. Delete all spyware that they find.:

Ad-Aware

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