Remove Search Assistant from Taskbar

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  1. gnikoli

    gnikoli Registered Member

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    The following was from MAUWTH. I have the same problem. I have run Ad-ware, Spybot and PestPatrol and it still shows up on my taskbar. See attached HijackThis log file.

    Thanks

    "Since yesterday at startup I have a toolbar with a textbox and search button on my taskbar that's named "Search Assistant". Right-clicking it let's you choose between "Blazefind", "Google", "MSN" and "Yahoo". If you enter something and press "Search", IE opens the search engine you chose before. I didn't put this toolbar there, I don't need it, it ****s up my taskbar and I don't know where it came from. I tried to deactivate it, but every time I restart my computer it's there again."
     

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  2. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi gnikoli,

    Check the items listed below in HijackThis, close all windows except HijackThis and click Fix checked:

    F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\Windows\System32\wsaupdater.exe,

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows SA] C:\Program Files\WindowsSA\omniscient.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [P2P Networking] C:\WINDOWS\System32\P2P Networking\P2P Networking.exe /AUTOSTART

    O16 - DPF: {1D6711C8-7154-40BB-8380-3DEA45B69CBF} -

    Then reboot into safe mode and delete:
    C:\Program Files\WindowsSA <= entire folder
    C:\Windows\System32\wsaupdater.exe

    Uninstall P2P Networking in Add/Remove Software.

    I have no idea what this is:
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VVLauncher] C:\Program Files\VVLauncher\VVLauncher.exe
    so I left it alone. Do you know?

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  3. gnikoli

    gnikoli Registered Member

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try. VVLauncher is file sync software, ViceVersa.
     
  4. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Cool. Thanks for the info.

    And keep us posted on your progress.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  5. gnikoli

    gnikoli Registered Member

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    Thanks Pieter, that took care of it.

    Regards,

    George
     
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    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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