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Q: mysterious bug while using internet explorer ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: mysterious bug while using internet explorer
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: jagdishy-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 30 Mar 2003 23:58 PST
Expires: 30 Apr 2003 00:58 PDT
Question ID: 183540
searchmadesafe is some kind of software object running on my computer.
I cannot figure out why or how it got there. It seems to disrupt my
normal use of links on a webpage and diverts it to its seachmadesafe
Subject: Re: mysterious bug while using internet explorer
Answered By: seizer-ga on 31 Mar 2003 00:39 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello jagdishy!

It sounds like you may have inadvertently installed what is known as
Spyware, or Adware, on your system. Programs such as these are often
known as homepage hijackers (or worse), and tend to be tricky to
remove. They usually arrive via a box which pops up, and asks "Do you
want to install and run [Product Name]?". Here's a screenshot of this

Generally, you should not click "Yes" unless you're very clear on what
software you're downloading and installing, and are certain it is
being provided by a reputable company.

Thankfully, two great companies have provided programs designed
specifically to remove these sort of nasties:

Lavasoft's Ad-aware:

PepiMK's Spybot Search and Destroy

I would recommend installing both of these products, because each of
them detects a difference range of software. Once you've run both of
them, and removed the suggested files, Internet Explorer should return
to its previous state (although you may still need to change the
homepage back to what it was before).

I hope this sorts it all out! If anything's unclear, though, please
don't hesitate to request clarification before rating this answer.

All the best,


Search strategy:

Google Groups searches for searchmadesafe
Google Web searches for adaware and spybot
jagdishy-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Your solution worked and it did what I wanted. Thanks.

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