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I've tried everything that I can do with my knowledge and everything that Googling has told me to do, but I CAN'T GET RID OF THIS IE TOOLBAR!
Hell, apparently it's not even on my computer anymore. What I did was:

- Un-install it using add/remove programs
- Run Spybot and Ad-Aware NUMEROUS times through each procedure
- Run Hijack this and delete ANYTHING suspicious, of course including what I was told to delete
- Run ccleaner
- Looked for any .dll files that may have been problematic that I was told to do
- Check the hosts file just incase; set to read-only
- Though I don't know my way around the registry very well, did a quick check to see what I could find after all of the other steps. Found four mywebsearch registry folders in hkey_classes_root and attempted to delete every one. Folders are still there but everything except default are gone from them. Don't know what that did. Should have just set them to 0.

HELP ME, PLEASE! Or refer me to a community that may be able to help!
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post #2 of 9
Go to Add/Remove Programs and remove it there...


Edit:
Oops, I skipped that line where you said that..my bad..


Boot into safe mode and delete all the files that you couldn't delete while in normal mode...

Or, go up to "Toolbars" in IE, and uncheck the MyWebSearch one..LOL
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post #3 of 9
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I've tried that, I've re-isntalling IE7, tried removing while IE6 was installed and not IE7, and I did EVERYTHING in safe mode, NOT networked.

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS POSESSED THING?! I FREAKIN' UN-INSTALLED IE7 AND IT WAS STILL THERE WHEN I RE-INSTALLED IT.
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post #4 of 9
dang that thing sounds evil. I can't think of anything you haven't already done. umm reinstall windows haha?
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post #5 of 9
Dude.. Hmm. Uninstalling it usually works. Check in the program files that its truly gone. But you know, after getting spyware, you're better off just reinstalling the OS.
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That things a pest. I couldn't get it off of one of my friends computers. Had to do totally format and reinstall. Don't just quick reinstall without format, remember to format the hd or you will keep it I believe.
    
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post #7 of 9
If you don't want to use Firefox,

you can try this...

uninstall all versions of IE (5,6,7 whatever you have) also look in the add remove COMPONENTS for IE, and remove it there.

Then run all your anti-spyware stuff in safe mode.

Do a normal file search (still in safe mode) for anything related to my web search, and delete what you find.

Then go into the registry (MAKE A BACKUP FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!) and do a search for anything related to my web search. delete anything you find.

If this doesn't work, then you need to format and reinstall windows.
    
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post #8 of 9
And this spyware proggy was intentionaly installed on DELL comps...from the factory, they denied it at first but now they've admitted to it. You must unhide all folders and look in "Documents and Settings" and go to all the account folders and then go into each folder and find the folder "Application Data" and find the folders there and delete them. Also go to Common files in Program files and find it there and delete it. also do the registry again as this little proggy has what are called system hooks. Reformating is not required if you look in all the correct places.
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Try windows defender. It worked for me on a friends computer, and it's free.
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