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.
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!