How to stop your computer from turning text into links?

Question

For about a few months now, certain text on my computer has turned into links. The words "games" "insurance" "travel" etc.. on any site I go to and any text I write on WordPad become links to a search site that gives me results for those specific words. I have run anti virus and anti spyware programs and none of them have done anything. I just want the links to go away as they are annoying and tend to print out when I am printing important documents. Thank you in advance.

Answer

This question was answered on November 10, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Try the following:

WordPad - View Menu, Options submenu, Options tab, uncheck "Automatic Word Completion" option..

Internet Explorer - 2 places:

1.) Tools menu, Internet Options submenu, Security Tab, Custom Level Button (for each zone you must do this & customize it), & uncheck "User Data Persistence" radio button/checkbox

&

2.) Tools menu, Internet Options submenu, Content Tab, Personal Information subgroup box, AutoComplete button, & choose which options to STOP doing 'autocomplete' for..

Microsoft Word - This, I do NOT have installed right now, & I only have Word 2003 here (not installed though, new Win2k SP#4 installation I am messing with & have not put in Office 2003 yet here is why).. this MIGHT vary between versions of Office/Word (95/97/2000/XP/2003 etc.) though

* HOWEVER, it may be that just doing IE like that just MIGHT take Word along with it, since much of Office since the iirc 2000 versions are 'document-centric' oriented & Word is an HTML editor as well. & calls from common dll's libs the system has like IE uses MHTML.DLL to do HTML functions!

(If you're lucky that is.. anyhow, just dig around in its options for Spell checking &/or grammar options? You will find the cure to 'what ails ye' odds are!)

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Posted by julie of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 10, 2004