Lost search engine from toolbar tab

August 17, 2008 at 10:26:25
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We always use the Search feature from the upper toolbar and then get the search function box on the left side (ie 6). Now it says it can't find 'ie.search.msn.com' and then the Customize feature does nothing and I can't get in to change to another search engine, maybe assuming MSN is not one of the features anymore. I am not in love with MSN and years ago there used to be Google as one of the options in Customize. But, we find it easier to use that search feature (versus the address bar) but how do I ad any search features in the Customize now that it will not even load options. I tried the 'restore to original web defaults' out of Internet Options/Programs and no luck. Thanks

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#1
August 17, 2008 at 13:14:04
I think the IE toolbar is held in the registry, at least when I've mucked it up in the past and couldn't figure out how to fix it, restoring an older registry has worked.

Choose 'shutdown' and then 'restart in msdos mode'. Or, startup the computer and start tapping F8 before the OS starts to load. Choose 'command prompt only' from the menu.

Either method should leave you at a dos prompt. Type scanreg/restore and enter. Choose a registry to restore with a date that precedes the problem. Normally there's only registry backups from the last 5 days the computer was used. So if it's been longer than that since the problem started, a restore won't help.


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#2
August 18, 2008 at 05:18:40
While restoring the registry may get you going again it would probably be best if you reinstalled IE over the top of itself to both renew the proper registry entries and to refresh your IE files as the Customize function is a dll "feature".

I'm thinking mainly of the wallpaper addition to IE in the old IE 5.00 tbwlpapr.exe update. The update was mostly bmp files. It had one .hta and one .inf file that worked the hook that was already in place inside the shell32.dll file. It's little known that Windows Explorer can have the same Wallpaper as IE. For example:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]
"BackBitmapIE5"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Clouds.bmp"
"BackBitmapShell"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Clouds.bmp"

Despite all warnings to the contrary, this IE 5.00 "only" update still works fine with IE 6.

To reinstall IE correctly, double click on the ie6setup.exe file and select Custom, to then manually check each box of all the items that were installed before. Only when this is done will the files be extracted from the IE cab files and used to overwrite your current files. It takes all of five minutes if you have the files on hand, the only drawback is that you will have an IE icon placed on the desktop again if you happened to remove it before.

In particular you will want to get update 313829, also known as "Security Update, March 7, 2002, Unchecked Buffer in Windows Shell" (Windows Update Catalog) that has the updated shell32.dll within it. You will also have to re-apply some WinUp updates according to the scan at the site.

Re-application of updates is just like the reinstallation of IE in that same versioned files will get overwritten with fresh files and thus renewed.

Lee


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