Outdated: Removing IE Default Search Settings

This section provides a tutorial example on remove IE (Internet Explorer) default search setting and starting page setting.

Symptom: Unknown.

HijackThis Report: In the report, I saw:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL
   = http://www.dell4me.com/myway
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL
   = http://www.dell4me.com/myway
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar
   = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/sb/ymsgr6
   /*http://www.yahoo.com/ext/search/search.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page
   = http://www.dell4me.com/myway

Quick Research: No need to search the Web. We want to remove all those default searching behaviors.

What I Did:

1. Ran HijackThis > Scan the system.

2. On HijackThis scan report, check the above items and click "Fix Checked".

Result: IE Default Search Settings are gone.

More notes taken in 2008. I saw some different search settings and start page setting. I removed them all with HijackThis:

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.hp.com R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/sb/msgr8/ *http://www.yahoo.com/ext/search/search.html R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://my.netzero.net/s/search?r=minisearch



Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

Outdated Tutorials

 Outdated: "HijackThis" - Spyware and Browser Hijacker Detector

 Outdated: Removing deSrcAs.dll - MyWay Search Assistant

 Outdated: Removing Google Desktop Icon - GoogleDesktop.exe

Outdated: Removing IE Default Search Settings

 Outdated: Removing IE Addon "winfixer"

 Outdated: Removing Yahoo! IE Services Button - yiesrvc.dll

 Outdated: Removing MySearch Toolbar - S4BAR.DLL

 Outdated: Removing NetZero Toolbar - Toolbar.dll

 Outdated: Removing Windows Messenger Extra Button

 References

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