Hi Hawkeyejim ~
Unfortunately, your browser has been hijacked by a "Browser Helper
Object" (BHO) which is no "helper" in your case. This was probably set
by a malicious website you visited.
I say "probably", because if your operating system is WindowsXP, it
can also be installed on your computer using Windows Messenger, if you
haven't disabled it. If you ARE running Windows XP, instructions on
how to disable that are below.
Getting Rid of Wabu Passthrough
1. Edit the Registry -
If you are comfortable editing your Registry, the best way to get
rid of the wabu passthrough is to backup your registry (you can back
it up to your desktop) and then
Click on Start
Click on Run
type regedit and <enter>
then click on edit
click on find and type in wabu
and delete every entry with wabu in it until find can find no
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious
problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. You
may not be able to solve problems from using the Registry Editor
incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
2. Download and run HijackThis -
If you decide you'd rather not edit the Registry, HiJackThis can
find the entries, including registry changes placed there by Wabu
You can download HiJackThis from Tom Coyote's site here:
With information about HiJackThis here:
and instructions on fixing and deleting the entries can be found on
Spyware Info's website here:
If you run HijackThis, you may be surprised with the number of
spyware, adware, BHOs, etc., that it detects. It detects those helpers
you may have installed and WANT TO KEEP - such as the Google Toolbar -
as well as those which you don't want at all. You will want to be sure
to get rid of anything to do with mabu.
You may want to delete those you know to be 'helpers' you haven't
3. Spybot Search & Destroy -
Wabu may be recent enough that it hasn't been added to the BHOs in
Spybot Search & Destroy, but this is still one of the best tools in
your arsenal to get rid of BHOs, adware, malware, scumware and other
nasties that can be inadvertently picked up while you are surfing the
You can download this from here:
More Information On
Getting Rid of Wabu
Yesterday someone else had the same problem. His problem was fixed by
removing everything from the registry.
Here's a link to his appeal for help and the instructions for getting
rid of it on Computing Net's Tech Support:
I found another instance in Expert's Exchange where they felt it was
picked up from a popup through a Windows Messenger popup. Instructions
of getting rid of it and disabling the Windows Messenger can be found
Finally, for preventive maintenance, make sure programs cannot just
download on your computer without your permission.
From the Internet Toolbar, go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced.
Make sure "Enable Install On Demand (Internet Explorer)" and "Enable
Install On Demand (Other browsers)" are unchecked.
Google Search terms:
* wabu passthrough
* wabu pass through
This should help rid you of the wabu hijacking you are experiencing.
Best regards and good luck,