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Old 01-11-2004, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a problem that I cannot solve.

For some reason, whenever I open up IE, it automatically goes to a website called "http://smartsearch.ws"

I ran ad-aware, but I don't think it found it. I would change the start page to somethign else, but after clicking on IE again, it defaults back to that site.

Lately whenever I try running ad-aware, it shuts off automatically, it won't let hte program run through.

Sometimes when i go to websites the browser automatically closes too. not sure if the closing apps and the smartsearch thing is related.

I really have no idea what to do now. i can't get rid of it! help! i'll be back on the forums tonight at 9 pm-ish. hope some of you can help me.
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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is that setup as your homepage
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Use Spybot S&D.

I can't remember right off hand, but I think SmartSearch is associated with Spyware that is kept in the %systemroot%\Program Files\BTEIN folder, you can't delete it just by pressing delete. I think that there is a uninstaller for it, the hard part will be finding it.
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Old 01-11-2004, 01:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had the same problem and heres the link i found helpful

http://www.tweakxp.com/forum/forum_p...?TID=8440&PN=1
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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http://www.kolumbus.fi/eero.muhonen/FS/fs.htm
Free Surfer has a home page lock and blocks annoying popup ads
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Old 01-12-2004, 10:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Google comes with a great built-in Pop-up Stopper now!
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Spybot should be able to remove it. Download it and have it check for updates right away and that should take care of the problem.
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I use Ad-Aware & Spy-Bot Both.
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if not go to http://www.lavasoft.de awesome soyware removal
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