Solved Publishers Clearing House changing my search default

October 30, 2012 at 10:42:42
Specs: Windows7, Intel i3 / 4GB DDR3

A PCH requires me to click a search that, without my previous knowledge, replaces my search engine preferences. Search engine management is difficult as choices are grayed out.
Is it legal for PCH to hijack the working of my computer? Is there an apropriate action I can take to resemble a digital brick breaking their ciber window?
Dts.search-results.com is the search provider domain that adds this engine and makes it the default without my knowlege. I noticed their no-name search after clicking a spyglass icon that used to be associated with Google.

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November 1, 2012 at 20:34:27

I figured it out. Once I assigned Bing as the default search the grayed out choices became clickable again. The unwanted search engines were easily removed, then. Thanks for the malware scan link as I am running barefoot.


#1
October 30, 2012 at 18:35:20

Sorry, not sure what a PCH is.

Whatever, might be worth installing MalwareBytes freebie from here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

It often finds what AV's miss and can sometimes find and fix this type of issue.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
October 30, 2012 at 20:57:28

It's in the header Derek.

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#3
October 31, 2012 at 05:45:46

see if PCH is located in programs and features and then uninstall it for starters

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions 7 Golds


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#4
November 1, 2012 at 20:34:27
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I figured it out. Once I assigned Bing as the default search the grayed out choices became clickable again. The unwanted search engines were easily removed, then. Thanks for the malware scan link as I am running barefoot.

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#5
November 2, 2012 at 10:38:47

Good to hear and thx for letting us know.


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#6
November 2, 2012 at 12:34:58

Still, if there isn't, there should be a law and a venue for going after these guys that raid my browser's undies. I wonder if I would feel the same if they show up at my door with one of them giant checks......

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