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Enzo

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Since: Jul 12, 2006
Posts: 5



(Msg. 1) Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:51 pm
Post subject: Problem changing address bar search engine
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Hi,
I've been having a problem changing the address bar search engine in IE6 on
an xp pro machine. url and keyword searches work but I cant change the engine
from auto.msn to google or any other for that matter. Its like its locked and
cannot be changed no matter what I try.

Procedures that I've tried to troubleshoot this issue are:
Multiple spyware and virus scans......... nothing major found.
hijackthis found no browser hijacks.
Reset of IE6 settings.
cleared out the browser cache.
merged a kellys korner google.reg.......no change..

One thing I have noticed though are strange items that are listed in the
"Customize Search Settings" in the "choose a search provider for address bar
searches" section where you are supposed to make the necessary address bar
changes. the items that are suspicious are:
Dreamwiz
Empas
Paran
FAREJADOR IG
Altaz cz
etc.

Like I said I've tried many ways to try and clear this up to no avail. Is
there a solution to get google to be my address bar search engine in IE6?
Is there a policy of some sort in the registry that maybe was changed?
Any thought are appreciated in advance.....

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PA Bear [MS MVP]

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Since: Jan 03, 2008
Posts: 332



(Msg. 2) Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:59 pm
Post subject: Re: Problem changing address bar search engine [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827315

Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting your hijackthis log
to an appropriate forum.

Checking for/Help with Hijackware
http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=5878
http://wiki.castlecops.com/Malware_Removal_and_Prevention:_Introduction
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/data/prevention.htm
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
http://defendingyourmachine2.blogspot.com/
http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware

When all else fails, HijackThis v2.0.2
(http://aumha.org/downloads/hijackthis.exe) is the preferred tool to use.
It will help you to both identify and remove any hijackware/spyware with
assistance from an expert. **Post your log to
http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=22,
http://castlecops.com/forum67.html,
http://forums.subratam.org/index.php?showforum=7,
http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30, or other appropriate forums for expert
analysis, not here.**

If the procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting this
isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA) computer repair shop.

--
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
DTS-L http://dts-l.net/

Enzo wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been having a problem changing the address bar search engine in IE6
> on
> an xp pro machine. url and keyword searches work but I cant change the
> engine from auto.msn to google or any other for that matter. Its like its
> locked and cannot be changed no matter what I try.
>
> Procedures that I've tried to troubleshoot this issue are:
> Multiple spyware and virus scans......... nothing major found.
> hijackthis found no browser hijacks.
> Reset of IE6 settings.
> cleared out the browser cache.
> merged a kellys korner google.reg.......no change..
>
> One thing I have noticed though are strange items that are listed in the
> "Customize Search Settings" in the "choose a search provider for address
> bar
> searches" section where you are supposed to make the necessary address bar
> changes. the items that are suspicious are:
> Dreamwiz
> Empas
> Paran
> FAREJADOR IG
> Altaz cz
> etc.
>
> Like I said I've tried many ways to try and clear this up to no avail. Is
> there a solution to get google to be my address bar search engine in IE6?
> Is there a policy of some sort in the registry that maybe was changed?
> Any thought are appreciated in advance.....

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Enzo

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Since: Jul 12, 2006
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(Msg. 3) Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:28 pm
Post subject: Re: Problem changing address bar search engine [Login to view extended thread Info.]
Archived from groups: per prev. post (more info?)

Been there, done that....
All logs and scans come clean.....
Thanks anyway.

"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

> Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827315
>
> Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting your hijackthis log
> to an appropriate forum.
>
> Checking for/Help with Hijackware
> http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
> http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
> http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=5878
> http://wiki.castlecops.com/Malware_Removal_and_Prevention:_Introduction
> http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
> http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/data/prevention.htm
> http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
> http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
> http://defendingyourmachine2.blogspot.com/
> http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware
>
> When all else fails, HijackThis v2.0.2
> (http://aumha.org/downloads/hijackthis.exe) is the preferred tool to use.
> It will help you to both identify and remove any hijackware/spyware with
> assistance from an expert. **Post your log to
> http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=22,
> http://castlecops.com/forum67.html,
> http://forums.subratam.org/index.php?showforum=7,
> http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30, or other appropriate forums for expert
> analysis, not here.**
>
> If the procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting this
> isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
> independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA) computer repair shop.
>
> --
> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
> MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
> AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
> DTS-L http://dts-l.net/
>
> Enzo wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I've been having a problem changing the address bar search engine in IE6
> > on
> > an xp pro machine. url and keyword searches work but I cant change the
> > engine from auto.msn to google or any other for that matter. Its like its
> > locked and cannot be changed no matter what I try.
> >
> > Procedures that I've tried to troubleshoot this issue are:
> > Multiple spyware and virus scans......... nothing major found.
> > hijackthis found no browser hijacks.
> > Reset of IE6 settings.
> > cleared out the browser cache.
> > merged a kellys korner google.reg.......no change..
> >
> > One thing I have noticed though are strange items that are listed in the
> > "Customize Search Settings" in the "choose a search provider for address
> > bar
> > searches" section where you are supposed to make the necessary address bar
> > changes. the items that are suspicious are:
> > Dreamwiz
> > Empas
> > Paran
> > FAREJADOR IG
> > Altaz cz
> > etc.
> >
> > Like I said I've tried many ways to try and clear this up to no avail. Is
> > there a solution to get google to be my address bar search engine in IE6?
> > Is there a policy of some sort in the registry that maybe was changed?
> > Any thought are appreciated in advance.....
>
>
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

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Since: Jan 03, 2008
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:20 pm
Post subject: Re: Problem changing address bar search engine [Login to view extended thread Info.]
Archived from groups: per prev. post (more info?)

Please cite a link to the forum thread where you've posted your HijackThis
log for review by an expert. If you've not "done that" you've not "been
there".
--
~PA Bear

Enzo wrote:
> Been there, done that....
> All logs and scans come clean.....
> Thanks anyway.
>
> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
>
>> Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software
>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827315
>>
>> Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting your hijackthis
>> log to an appropriate forum.
>>
>> Checking for/Help with Hijackware
>> http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
>> http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
>> http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=5878
>> http://wiki.castlecops.com/Malware_Removal_and_Prevention:_Introduction
>> http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
>> http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/data/prevention.htm
>> http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
>> http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
>> http://defendingyourmachine2.blogspot.com/
>> http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware
>>
>> When all else fails, HijackThis v2.0.2
>> (http://aumha.org/downloads/hijackthis.exe) is the preferred tool to use.
>> It will help you to both identify and remove any hijackware/spyware with
>> assistance from an expert. **Post your log to
>> http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=22,
>> http://castlecops.com/forum67.html,
>> http://forums.subratam.org/index.php?showforum=7,
>> http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30, or other appropriate forums for
>> expert
>> analysis, not here.**
>>
>> If the procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
>> this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
>> independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA) computer repair shop.
>>
>> --
>> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
>> MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
>> AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
>> DTS-L http://dts-l.net/
>>
>> Enzo wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I've been having a problem changing the address bar search engine in IE6
>>> on
>>> an xp pro machine. url and keyword searches work but I cant change the
>>> engine from auto.msn to google or any other for that matter. Its like
>>> its
>>> locked and cannot be changed no matter what I try.
>>>
>>> Procedures that I've tried to troubleshoot this issue are:
>>> Multiple spyware and virus scans......... nothing major found.
>>> hijackthis found no browser hijacks.
>>> Reset of IE6 settings.
>>> cleared out the browser cache.
>>> merged a kellys korner google.reg.......no change..
>>>
>>> One thing I have noticed though are strange items that are listed in the
>>> "Customize Search Settings" in the "choose a search provider for address
>>> bar
>>> searches" section where you are supposed to make the necessary address
>>> bar
>>> changes. the items that are suspicious are:
>>> Dreamwiz
>>> Empas
>>> Paran
>>> FAREJADOR IG
>>> Altaz cz
>>> etc.
>>>
>>> Like I said I've tried many ways to try and clear this up to no avail.
>>> Is
>>> there a solution to get google to be my address bar search engine in
>>> IE6?
>>> Is there a policy of some sort in the registry that maybe was changed?
>>> Any thought are appreciated in advance.....
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Angie

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Since: Jun 20, 2006
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:11 am
Post subject: RE: Problem changing address bar search engine [Login to view extended thread Info.]
Archived from groups: per prev. post (more info?)

I hear you Enzo, I have been looking to the answer to this one for weeks. I
just happened to me. Never had this problem before. I, like you did
everything including spyware scans, anti virus scans (Avast and 2 online
scans) which all come up clean., eventually reinstalling IE with the scannow
feature. I then reformatted my entire hard drive to wipe it clean and start
fresh. But no answers for this problem as yet. I wonder why?

"Enzo" wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been having a problem changing the address bar search engine in IE6 on
> an xp pro machine. url and keyword searches work but I cant change the engine
> from auto.msn to google or any other for that matter. Its like its locked and
> cannot be changed no matter what I try.
>
> Procedures that I've tried to troubleshoot this issue are:
> Multiple spyware and virus scans......... nothing major found.
> hijackthis found no browser hijacks.
> Reset of IE6 settings.
> cleared out the browser cache.
> merged a kellys korner google.reg.......no change..
>
> One thing I have noticed though are strange items that are listed in the
> "Customize Search Settings" in the "choose a search provider for address bar
> searches" section where you are supposed to make the necessary address bar
> changes. the items that are suspicious are:
> Dreamwiz
> Empas
> Paran
> FAREJADOR IG
> Altaz cz
> etc.
>
> Like I said I've tried many ways to try and clear this up to no avail. Is
> there a solution to get google to be my address bar search engine in IE6?
> Is there a policy of some sort in the registry that maybe was changed?
> Any thought are appreciated in advance.....
>
>
>
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PA Bear [MS MVP]

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Since: Jan 03, 2008
Posts: 332



(Msg. 6) Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:42 am
Post subject: Re: Problem changing address bar search engine [Login to view extended thread Info.]
Archived from groups: per prev. post (more info?)

So How Did I Get Infected Anyway?
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=27971
--
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
DTS-L http://dts-l.net/

Angie wrote:
> I hear you Enzo, I have been looking to the answer to this one for weeks.
> I just happened to me. Never had this problem before. I, like you did
> everything including spyware scans, anti virus scans (Avast and 2 online
> scans) which all come up clean., eventually reinstalling IE with the
> scannow
> feature. I then reformatted my entire hard drive to wipe it clean and
> start
> fresh. But no answers for this problem as yet. I wonder why?
>
> "Enzo" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> I've been having a problem changing the address bar search engine in IE6
>> on
>> an xp pro machine. url and keyword searches work but I cant change the
>> engine from auto.msn to google or any other for that matter. Its like its
>> locked and cannot be changed no matter what I try.
>>
>> Procedures that I've tried to troubleshoot this issue are:
>> Multiple spyware and virus scans......... nothing major found.
>> hijackthis found no browser hijacks.
>> Reset of IE6 settings.
>> cleared out the browser cache.
>> merged a kellys korner google.reg.......no change..
>>
>> One thing I have noticed though are strange items that are listed in the
>> "Customize Search Settings" in the "choose a search provider for address
>> bar searches" section where you are supposed to make the necessary
>> address
>> bar changes. the items that are suspicious are:
>> Dreamwiz
>> Empas
>> Paran
>> FAREJADOR IG
>> Altaz cz
>> etc.
>>
>> Like I said I've tried many ways to try and clear this up to no avail. Is
>> there a solution to get google to be my address bar search engine in IE6?
>> Is there a policy of some sort in the registry that maybe was changed?
>> Any thought are appreciated in advance.....
 >> Stay informed about: Problem changing address bar search engine 
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