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AVG Secure Search has replaced IE

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    AVG Secure Search has replaced IE


    Suddenly and without warning, I no longer have Internet Explorer with Google Search, I have AVG Secure Search provided by Yahoo Search. I did a complete system search for IE and it is nowhere to be found, how do I get it back?

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  2. #2


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    When you install programs, always select Custom Install instead of Recommended. The software venders often sneak unwanted toolbars and make them default.

    To uninstall AVG Secure Search see this:
    Uninstall AVG Toolbar, home page and Secure Sear... | AVG

    In IE click the Tools tab, Manage Add-ons and enable Google Search. Restart IE
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    Thanks Nuccii, but it remains a mystery


    I had already tried your suggestion which unfortunately doesn't work. Neither AVG nor Internet Explorer appear in the list of programs. I searched the computer for AVG and IE. IE shows up in the search results, but when I click on it what comes up is the AVG Secure Search.
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  4. #4


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    So the IE browser does not show up at all?
    In uninstall a program of the control panel do all other programs appear?
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8

    Other programs in control panel


    Yes, the other programs do appear in the control panel.
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  6. #6


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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    If AVG/Yahoo appears in the Start tab of Task Manager, disable it and reboot.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    Task Manager


    Opened Task Manager and neither AVG nor IE are in the list. I then clicked on the Big Blue E (which should open Internet Explorer) and it opened AVG/Yahoo. When I looked at Task Manager after clicking on IE, Internet Explorer then showed in the Apps list. Closed AVG/Yahoo and Internet Explorer disappeared from the Apps List.
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  8. #8


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Run full scans with your anti virus program and download and run Malwarebytes Free Version:
    https://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Still no go, try this:
    Browser Hijacking | Browser Hijacking Fix | Browser Hijacking Removal
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    Browser hijacking


    Will try this next but it may not be until tomorrow. Meanwhile, thanks for your help so far. I'll let you know what happens.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    HitmanPro 3 (64-bit) - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

    AdwCleaner - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com


    Recommend using hitman pro and/or adwcleaner which will remove unwanted toolbar/programs. I prefer hitman pro. Then run a scan with your AV and run hitman pro or adwcleaner again just for safety.


    Also, you may want to run system restore after the above actions.
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