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Q: un-install ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: un-install
Category: Computers > Security
Asked by: gardnervillian-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 26 Apr 2004 08:05 PDT
Expires: 26 May 2004 08:05 PDT
Question ID: 336365
A program called has overtaken my computer and keeps
changing my home page.  When I try to open add/remove programs its
opens and closes immediately, I dont' know if thats related to the or something else.  I delete the from
my regedit but its comes back immediately.  Pls help!
Subject: Re: un-install
Answered By: feilong-ga on 26 Apr 2004 10:15 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Gardnervillian,

Your browser has been hijacked! Your problem is becoming more and more
common nowadays. There is unwanted software that runs in the
background of your system. Here are definitions of these unwanted

What is a hijacker?
"A Hijacker is any software that resets your browser's settings to
point to other sites. Hijacks may reroute your info and address
requests through an unseen site, capturing that info. In such hijacks,
your browser may behave normally, but be slower."

What is adware?
"while not necessarily malware, adware is considered to go beyond the
reasonable advertising that one might expect from freeware or
shareware. Typically a separate program that is installed at the same
time as a shareware or similar program, adware will usually continue
to generate advertising even when the user is not running the
originally desired program. See also cookies, spyware, and web bugs." 

What is malware?
"MALicious softWARE, including viruses, worms, Trojans, Denial of
Service and other such attacks. Sometimes referred to as rogue

What is spyware?
"A technology that assists in gathering information about a person or
organization without their knowledge. On the Internet, "spyware is
programming that is put in someone's computer to secretly gather
information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other
interested parties." As such, spyware is cause for public concern
about privacy on the Internet."

To easily remove the problem and avoid similar problems in the future,
you need to download, install, update and run the following programs
one at a time:

Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.2
Application to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software.

To update Spybot, click on Search for updates.


To update Ad-Aware, click on the globe icon with a magnifying glass
called Open WebUpdate.


When you run HijackThis, it will show you a scan result with
checkboxes. Make sure to check only the entries with ""
then proceed to remove them.

Make sure to keep these programs updated and run them once or twice a
week. Also, make sure to have an antivirus program for further

Here are other methods of removal:

How To Clear a Hijack

GET rid OF

Search strategy:

Personal knowledge + Google Web search on how to remove

I hope this helps you. Should you have any comments/questions, please
feel free to post your clarification before rating this and I'll
attend to you as soon as possible. Thanks for asking.

Best regards,
gardnervillian-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had already installed ad aware,
spybot and spychecker did the trick.  It even took care of not being
able to open the add/remove programs in control panel.  I really
appreciate the help!

Subject: Re: un-install
From: tronadelic-ga on 02 May 2004 15:38 PDT
I found I had to whack three running instances of C:\WINDOWS\reg33.exe
before running HijackThis.  This program was restoring the register


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