IE8 and Manage Add Ons

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by twincam, May 4, 2009.

  1. twincam

    twincam Guest

    Since installing IE8 on WIN XP Home a pop up always comes up that a program
    tried to change my search provider, when I click OK the Manage Add On screen
    then pops up. This happens everytime I open IE8
    I cannot add new search agents or change the default either. How can this
    be fixed? I have already reset IE settings, deleted cache and this has not
    helped.
     
    twincam, May 4, 2009
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  2. twincam

    Leonard Grey Guest

    It's very possible your computer is infected: One of the tricks malware
    likes to pull is to change your default search engine.

    One of the the new features of IE 8 is the ambiguously titled "User
    Preference Control," whose role is to alert you when something is trying
    to change your default search provider.
     
    Leonard Grey, May 4, 2009
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  3. Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827315

    Run a /thorough/ check for hijackware, including posting the requested logs
    in an appropriate forum.

    Checking for/Help with Hijackware
    http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=4075
    http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/data/prevention.htm
    http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
    http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware

    **Seek expert assistance in
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0,
    http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=22,
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup, http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30
    or other appropriate forums.**

    If the procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting this
    isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], May 4, 2009
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