How do I remove 2020 search from my computer?


How do i remove 2020 search from my computer


This question was answered on October 26, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Search2020, for those who don't know, is a form of spyware I can't provide all the details here on removal, but here is something that might be able to help you.

A To uninstall the 2020Search Toolbar, please follow these steps outlined below:

1 Open Internet Explorer

2 Click on the 2020Search button on the toolbar

3 A drop-down menu will appear

4 Click on "Uninstall"

5 The uninstall program will run and remove the toolbar

6 Uninstall 2020Search from "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows´┐Ż Control Panel If you run into problems uninstalling Contact vendor for support In the mean time try the following.

To Manual removal do the following

Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove 2020Search manually Please notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned In most cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted If 2020Search remains on your system after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again

1 Start the registry editor This is done by clicking Start then Run (The Run dialog will appear.) Type regedit and click OK (The registry editor will open.)

2 Delete 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbar \ WebBrowser \ {4E1075F4-EEC4-4A86-ADD7-CD5F52858C31}, if it exists

3 Delete 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbar \ {4E1075F4-EEC4-4a86-ADD7-CD5F52858C31}', if it exists

4 Delete 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Classes \ CLSID \ {4E1075F4-EEC4-4a86-ADD7-CD5F52858C31}', if it exists

5 Exit the registry editor

6 Restart your computer

7 Delete the following files:





Note: %WiDir% i a variable (?) By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\WINNT (Windows NT/2000)

If you want more information on the software here are some helpful websites for this particular bug. The page suggests software fore removal and links to more info on search.

There is general spyware removal and prevention information at also has lists of anti-spyware programs and what they do.

Good Luck!

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Posted by julie of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 26, 2004