I downloaded the iwon “prize machine” to enjoy odds of four billion to one that I might win ten grand.
It installed FOUR useless apps on my machine, which I promptly uninstalled, but this damn “search assitant” won’t leave.
MSIE has a panel on the left, which when i click ‘search’ normally gives a menu offering such useful options as dictionary, encyclopedia, maps, yellow pages, and a variety of search engines which I can search in the order of my choice.
Now I’m left with a Yahoo! style menu and the only search it will do of course is Iwon. The functionaly of my browser has been drastically reduced.
I remember vaguely a registry entry denoting a MS page that is used for the normal search panel.
I sent an email to iwon but I probably too liberaly used the phrase, “Fuck You” to get any response.
I had something similar to this install itself on my computer, too. It was called “Quick! Search” or something like that.
Anyway, do a search with this parasitic search engine, then at or near the bottom of the results page there should be something like a “Disable” button. If not, go to the control panel on your start menu (assuming you have a PC), and go to Add/Remove Programs and see if its on there.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Bar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Bar