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Old 08-31-03, 03:44 PM
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Something called surfer bar has hijacked my browser!

I can't delete it with ad-aware or spybot. It keeps changing my default home page and has a thing called surfer bar installed on my search bar. Now I can't get rid of it.
Old 08-31-03, 03:46 PM
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Look for it on the add/remove programs and remove it. Look for it on the registry and delete it. Try run ad-aware and spybot again in safe mode.
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Originally posted by Ranger
Look for it on the add/remove programs and remove it. Look for it on the registry and delete it. Try run ad-aware and spybot again in safe mode.
I've tried those. I'll try running in safe mode and deleting it. Ad-Aware and Spybot haven't picked it up.
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I still can't get it removed. This is really pissing me off.
Old 08-31-03, 04:32 PM
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Open taskmanager and look for the program suspected of causing this and end its process then try uninstalling it. Check msconfig, startup etc. This is with IE, right? Does it let you turn it off with the toolbar menu? Use housecall to check for viruses also. Keep looking for it in the registry. Could use a program called regcleaner http://www.pcmedixwebs.com/regclean.htm Turn on the firewall, etc.
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It lets me turn it off with the toolbar menu but I still can't delete it and my homepage keeps getting set to http://www.surferbar.com/ even when I constantly change it.

Can't find it in the registry and I can't find it with reg cleaner.
Old 08-31-03, 05:15 PM
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Easy solution, might work - create a new user account. Set your home page. Go to http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm look at #63 - home page lock. Maybe the surfer bar won't be there. Otherwise, do a google searxh on how to uninstall the bar.

PS, it still might be a minor virus - I forgot what it was called, it does change the homepage, something like j.exploit? Very common.
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It's in the registry somewhere.

Funny, i've done a google search and nothing came up about SurferBar.

Doing a UseNet search for you ... found something.

Here's a thread about Surferbar and a response on how to remove it.

In any case, hope that helps.
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This just happened to me about 30 mins ago and here's what I did, but I still have a little problem.

1) Reboot in safe mode
2) Search for and delete win32.dll

Now I no longer the address bar or the funky links to surferbar, but my homepage still goes to surferbar.com and I try to change it but it automatically puts surferbar.com back in there. Any ideas?
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I also have another problem. Everytime I open up internet explorer, I have no address bar, all my links show up, and my home page is still surferbar.com. I try to change them, but they still show up. Any ideas?
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Have you tried www.doxdesk.com? I've had pretty good success with that site, it will likely tell you how to manually remove it.
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Still can't get the address bar to show up and change my home page.
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http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/w...rum/76265.html

http://www.majorgeeks.com/vb/showthr...threadid=20656
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Sweet, I followed everything on that first link (deleting that one file and setting my home page in the registry). Thanks a lot X!
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So what is this, and how do we AVOID getting it?
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Hopefully, Spybot gets this in their next update. Along with "Lycos Sidesearch" which somehow installed itself on my machine over the weekend.

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Originally posted by Seeker
So what is this, and how do we AVOID getting it?
Don't know... but it took over my computer too.

Had to go delete it out of my reg... I have no idea where I picked it up from.

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Originally posted by Groucho
Hopefully, Spybot gets this in their next update. Along with "Lycos Sidesearch" which somehow installed itself on my machine over the weekend.
I just discovered I also had this Lycos Sidesearch on my computer as well. I just deleted it thru the Add/Remove but I would also like to know where I picked this up at.
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Great reference site
http://www.spywareinfo.com/

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