Solved Search box shows FindWide but I want Google

Intel / D865glc
April 10, 2014 at 19:40:40
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, Intel i7 4Gig
Why does my search engine default to FindWide?

When I open my browser in Firefox, in the upper right section of address bar in the search box I am constantly shown "FindWide" as the search engine. I click the down arrow and select Google as my search engine. I then use it.

The next time I go to my browser, there it is again, Google has been pushed down out of view and in it's place is FindView... AGAIN!

Why is this so, and how can I remedy this problem?

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#1
April 10, 2014 at 20:25:37
✔ Best Answer
You've been hijacked! See if this helps:

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove...


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#2
April 10, 2014 at 23:19:00
Hi there.

Thanks for your quick response.

I did not find any reference to FindWide in the Programs & Features (add/remove) in the control panel of my Win 7 as stated in your suggested site. None the less I still carried on and followed the remaining instructions. Eventually I managed to removed that parasite from both Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Bingo! Would you believe, no sooner had I removed it from Internet Explorer when up popped a warning from my free AV program "Alvira" telling me that my "Web protection is now inactive"....This is the same thing they used to do some time ago when they were pushing the "Ask" toolbar.

I now have 2 choices that I can see. First, go look for another free AV program and hope they are more understanding, or two, do as I did some time ago and allowed "Ask" to be in stalled, but then removing the Ask toolbar from Firefox, which is my main Browser. This action seemed to satisfy Avira .....That is assuming Avira is still setup to allow this "sort of" work around.

Thanks for your help

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#3
April 10, 2014 at 23:37:05
See if this does the trick.

Disable the Avira AntiVir nag screen:
http://www.elitekiller.com/files/di...


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#4
April 11, 2014 at 01:37:52
Thanks for your reply Johnw.

On this occasion I think I will give your site a miss. My problem with Avira is not the nag screen, only that it forced me to install that parasite " Ask" toolbar.

If I did not install that tool bar, I would not be given access to the "Web Protection" segment of that program. Also, your suggested the latest OS shown was Vista. I have had some very strange results at times when trying to work around a problem using a Vista fix or programs using Vista oriented software.

I am considering AVG anti virus.

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#5
April 11, 2014 at 01:52:19
"I am considering AVG anti virus"
I have been using MSE for years Janset, never had a problem.

Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE )
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/9be...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/bes...
http://www.microsoft.com/security_e...
http://www.microsoft.com/security_e...
System requirements
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/secu...
Check list for installing Microsoft Security Essentials
http://experts.windows.com/w/expert...
Can Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) protect me from online banking and shopping.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...
If you choose to use Security Essentials, please follow the steps in this thread first, especially the part about removing all existing realtime antimalware:
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...

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#6
April 11, 2014 at 04:39:50
Wow John, you certainly have given me some reading to do.

Did you install every thing that is listed there or did you only pick the bones out and use only one or two items? Are these things free?

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#7
April 11, 2014 at 05:13:41
"it forced me to install that parasite " Ask" toolbar"

It didn't "force" you to install it, all you had to do was was uncheck the box during the Avira installation (apparently you missed it). I suggest you install the free version of Malwarebytes Antimalware, update it, then run a full scan from Safe Mode. And you might wanna considering uninstalling Avira & replacing it with BitDefender Free Edition.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

http://www.bitdefender.com/solution...

And don't forget CCleaner-Slim. Install it & use it regularly:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

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