"Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "FB" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> Dear Newsgroup,
>> I am having difficulty removing 4 add-ons in IE7. They are all related
>> to each other and are advert type add-ons. I've disabled them in IE7 but
>> I cannot uninstall them. I understand that this means that they were not
>> installed by IE7, but also there is no program listed in Add/Remove
>> Programs that I do not recognise. So I cannot see which piece of
>> software installed these "bad guys".
>> The bad guys are:
>> Mysidesearch Search Assistant
>> rightonads optimizer
>> I've installed AdAware but the pc stopped updating after 1 hour, so I
>> will re-run it now. In the meantime if anyone can tell me how to
>> permanently remove this Adssite adssearch
>> Further info: this laptop is having problems installing updates,
>> downloads do not display how much has been downloaded when using Windows
>> Update in Vista. I don't know if this related. I've managed to install
>> Vista SP1 and all other fixes that it finds, and this is going more
>> smoothly now than it was before I started fixing this laptop.
>> Thanks for any help you can give.
> Are you sure 'Research' isn't the one put there by Office?
> Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM
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Perhaps, I'm not sure how I can check?
When checking in Add-Ons in IE I can see the following:
ads_optimizer - nsc5E07.dll - Browser Helper Objects
Mysidesearch Search Assistant - mysidesearch_sidebar.dll - Browser Helper
Research - *blank* - *blank*
rightonads optimizer - gzmrt.dll - Browser Helper Objects
So perhaps you're right about the Research one, this laptop has the 60 day
trial of office 2003 but this has expired and the user uses
for free instead.
Anyway, going back to the original problem, how can I remove these activex
objects? Surely there is a way of doing this and IE7 is not designed to so
that users can't clean it when it's infected. There has to be a better way
than just disabling the object.
Thanks for any help.