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OzAngel82

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HI, If you want to remove the annoying iwantsearch.com that keeps changing your homepage then keep reading.
I searched everywhere for a removal tool for this annoying little bugger and got quite frustrated at not finding anything. So i decided to wtire to the website people and tell them just how annoying it was and how could I get rid of it? Well imagine my embarrassment when I sent off the email to them (with a few choice words in there) and a page opened explaining how to uninstall it lol.

So all you have to do is go to start>control panel>add remove programs and uninstall the 'sbsoft' program. This will uninstall it, even if it says it occured errors, change Your homepage back to what you usually have it set to and I bet the iwantsearch doesnt comeback (well it didnt for me, and I even restarted my pc just in case) <_<
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Hemal

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Before giving us a hijackthis log please download Ad-aware from: http://www.geekstogo...n=download&id=5

Install the program and launch it.

First, in the main window, look in the bottom right corner and click on Check for updates now and download the latest reference files.

Next, we need to configure Ad-aware for a full scan.

-> Click on the Gear icon (second from the left) to access the preferences/settings window

1. In the General window make sure the following are selected:
  • Automatically save log-file
  • Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal
  • Safe Mode (always request confirmation)
2. Click on the Scanning button on the left and select :
  • Scan Within Archives
  • Scan Active Processes
  • Scan Registry
  • Deep Scan Registry
  • Scan my IE favorites for banned URL’s
  • Scan my Hosts file
  • Under Click here to select drives + folders, choose:
  • All of your hard drives
-> Click on the Advanced button on the left and select:
  • Include additional process information
  • Include additional file information
  • Include environment information
  • Include additional object details
-> Click the Tweak button and select:
  • Under the Scanning Engine:
    • Unload recognized processes during scanning
    • Include basic Ad-aware settings in logfile
    • Include additional Ad-aware settings in logfile
  • Under the Cleaning Engine:
    • Let Windows remove files in use at next reboot
-> Click on Proceed to save the settings.

-> Click Start and on the next screen choose Activate in-depth Scan at the bottom of the page and then choose:
  • Use Custom Scanning Options
-> Click Next and Ad-aware will scan your hard drive(s) with the options you have selected.

-> Save the log file when it asks and then click Finish

-> When finished, mark everything for removal and get rid of it. (Right-click the window and choose Select All from the drop down menu and click Next).

-> Reboot your computer.

then

Let us take a closer look at what is running on your PC. We'll need you to use a free diagnostic tool (HiJackThis) and post a log back here with the results.

Click the HijackThis Guide in my signature, download it and follow the instructions in the guide.

Most of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, DO NOT delete or modify anything yet! Someone will be along to tell you what steps to take after you post the contents of the scan results.
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OzAngel82

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Well guess what ppl? The bloody iwantsearch.com thing came back, but apparently thank to my lovely friend who helps me with all my bugs etc http://www.ez-finder...tall/remove.exe this will remove it also, just keeping my fingers crossed that it doesnt come back! <_<
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when i used this site: http://www.ez-finder...tall/remove.exe to remove the iwantsearch hijacker it apparently worked. so for all you frustrated ppl out there trying to get rid of it- it works, its a couple of months later and i havent had any problems. cool.gif
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Metallica

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And if you'd rather not rely on some shady site, you can always remove it manually:
Follow the procedure here
http://www.wildersse...ead.php?t=52443 to free up rundlg32.dll,
then scan again.

Regards,

Pieter
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