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Posted: 10/27/2004 2:17:50 PM EST
My wife downloaded this "Hotbar" application to my PC. It's a real pain in the ass with periodic ad pop-ups and a toolbar that must be manually disabled every time a new IE window is opened.

I've tried unsuccessfully to delete it, both using the "Add/Remove Programs" application and by manually deleting the program files.

Please help me rid my PC of this nuisance.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:24:34 PM EST
1)Buy a Mac.
2)Pitch the PC.
3)Never look back.


Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:27:54 PM EST
Mac ?

pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,23611,00.asp

This functionality is built into XP SP2.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:28:27 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:30:05 PM EST
Consider using the "Add/Delete Spouse" item on your Life Control Panel instead.


Then, use AdAware AND SpyBot - if that doesn't work, go HERE and have at it.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:30:27 PM EST
See if you can remove it when you go into "Safe Mode". Usually the adware toolbars can be removed with add/remove programs, but if not, try it in safe mode. OR, if you have cable modem, unplug the network cable before you try to remove it.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:32:29 PM EST
Download Ad-Aware & SpyBot Search & Destroy. Both links are on Download.com

Install and run both. They cleaned my computer when my kids did the same sort of thing


Camper
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:38:37 PM EST
Easiest way is to just download IE 6.0 from www.microsoft.com and install it over the top of the existing copy. It'll get rid of practically EVERYTHING.

On top of the spyware delete programs you see above, also check the content of this file:

c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Make sure that "LOCALHOST" is the ONLY one in there. Otherwise you may have weird pop-ups or website redirects.

Enjoy.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:38:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By peekay:
Mac ?

pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,23611,00.asp

This functionality is built into XP SP2.



Using this app I disabled it. Many thanks.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 2:43:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:11:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By Camper17:
Download Ad-Aware & SpyBot Search & Destroy. Both links are on Download.com

Install and run both. They cleaned my computer when my kids did the same sort of thing


Camper



Spybot Search & Destroy did the trick permanently.

Cheers!
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