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The dreaded "?%20" in IE 6 when I try to search, HELP plz

by DToyGal / February 23, 2005 4:24 AM PST

One day my kids are getting their own computer! They got my browser highjacked and now I can no longer search from the address bar in IE 6. I have found a cure for this before and applied it to a friend's computer, however I can't find it now to save my own browser. I had to change something in the registry for my friend and it worked again.

I have Registry Mechanic, Spyware Doctor, AOL's Spyware Protection, SpySubtract, Norton & Zonealarm. Although these programs helped remove the little demon hijacker, none of them fixed the problem.

Someone out there knows exactly what I need to do in my registry. If I can get you to type it out for me, I will save it and be FOREVER grateful.

I have a disabled child and am constantly researching his disorder, having to use the stupid Search option in the toolbar next to favorites sucks.

Thanks in advance!

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by Cursorcowboy / February 23, 2005 8:32 PM PST

1. Pick your brew from the following concerning the AutoSearch parameters in Internet Explorer:

a. "How to Restore the Default AutoSearch Search Page (Q179402)."

b. "How to Add Domain Types to Autoscan List in Internet Explorer (Q182291)."

c. "How to Change the Default AutoSearch Search Page (Q198279)."
Note: Should there be an obvious first-time glitch when using search, determine what the default address is, change it to something else, and try again to see if the anomaly disappears. (Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, scroll down to the section Search from the Address bar and check the option, Just display the results in the main window.)

d. "How to Search the Internet from the Address Bar in Internet Explorer (Q221754)."
Note: But the Default search options were changed by the following MSKB article.

e. "Results Not Displayed in Search Explorer Bar When You Search From the Address Box (Q278931)."

2. For your reading pleasure, concerning the possibility of a system having been invaded, please read the information at this site.

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still cant search from IE 6
by DToyGal / February 25, 2005 2:34 PM PST
In reply to: f

Thanks for your reply but none of these fixes my problem. Lets say I type in CATS in my address line. Instead of bringing up webpages about cats in the display window, I get this.....

Top of the page says: Invalid Syntax Error

Address bar now says: http:///?%20cats

Display window says: The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for might have been removed or had its name changed.


Please try the following:

Open the home page, and then look for links to the information you want.

If you typed the page address in the Address bar, make sure that it is spelled correctly.

If you still cannot open the page, click the Internet Explorer Search button to look for similar sites.

All my settings in Advanced under Internet Options are correct and the spyware has been removed from my system, however this problem still remains. It's a string in the registry that needs to be changed, I just can't remember what it is Sad

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by Cursorcowboy / February 25, 2005 9:14 PM PST

There was no clue as to what you did -- if anything -- so as a last resort, I point you to "Set the Address Bar to IE/XP Default - #242" of the Kelly's Korner Web site to download and use. Since the content of your message(s) does not reveal the operating system used, this is the best I can offer.

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