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Alright, this one is weird.

Last week, I tried to uninstall a piece of annoying software. The software uninstalled, but it seemed to take Internet Explorer with it. Okay, weird, but fixable. I used Mozilla to download IE7, and it came back. Here's the weird part: aside from the home page when IE loads, it doesn't load any other pages. If you type a URL into IE, it opens a Mozilla page.

Any idea how to fix this? I need IE in order to access my work schedule, and it would be good to have a backup browser for the things Mozilla handles less well.


Nov. 29th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Ah. That one. I love that one. There is a stupid phishing peice of software out there that is really kinda clever. First thing it does is points to the internet explorer uninstall script if you try to uninstall it. (like that stupid toolbar that keeps going around) so while you have run the uninstall that it wanted you to, it hasen't uninstalled. its still there . waiting. boo!

Anyway, after ie is gone, your computer will need to know how to view web pages. And since sp2, microsoft has embedded ie so far into the operatig system that its hard to know when one ends and the other begings. That being said, you computer thinks that in order to open a web page, it needs to use mozilla. (default since there was no ie) and since that spyware is pretending to be be ie, it can't open web pages. so it throws it to the default (mozillia again). Its a fun-go-round that I just hate hate hate. Also some of these spy ware programs don't let you search (anywhere) for itself. So if your tying to google for how to get rid of Virus X It will kill your browser or look for something different.

The best way that I know of is to go to a known site for help and then start poking around until you find the right patch. (Microsoft might have one but you need ie to download it... ha ha ha) f-secure is a good one. And it has a dos mode (I love that about f-secure) and just to be nice I will include a link in this post. Poke around for the DOS FREE version. Its there, it just takes some looking.

Or you could just run a Mac like your wife. Bet she doesn't have this problem.

Here is the website.

The dos version is f-prot.

Nov. 29th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
GWIII! As I live and breathe! (well, mostly breathe)
You are a super genius. I'll try that next chance I get when I'm home, assuming I can get to my computer through the mess the handymen will be making to the basement. How be ye?
Dec. 1st, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: GWIII! As I live and breathe! (well, mostly breathe)
I love your animated icon [vanity], but that's just because I'm in it*[/vanity].



*with GWIII, Arthur and Hikeeba...