How do I get rid of HuntBar?

Question

I am fairly adept at computers in that I have programmed as a carreer; although, it's mostly been mainframe programming. I have programmed VB6, .NET and SQL DB building and query. I run a developer machine with Win 2000 server; however, I don't know what I'm doing most of the time. I have developed on the web for about 8 years in raw HTML, but not JAVA, etc. I have probaby built 50 machines in the last 10 years, but not in the last 3 years. I have a little background, but do not pretend to know it all. Enough background on me, here is my probem/question.

In the last couple of days I have been very frustated by something happening on my computer. It is not a predictable or consistent occurrence.

In MS Explorer 6.0.2800.1106 w/ SP1 and SP2 I will attempt to go to a web site by typing in a URL in the address bar, clicking on an Internet link in an e-mail, or by clicking on a saved "favorite". THe URL becomes changed with a "huntbar" address appended to the front of the address intended and a message appears of "The page cannot be displayed". Have you any experience with such a thing? Do you know how to get rid of this? Once it occurs, I cannot get to the page desired no matter what I do. Sometimes I can type in a different URL and go there successfully, but I can not go to the desired URL until I end the browser program and start it again. This doesn't always solve the problem.

Here is an example of the original and the mutated URL:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/valert.html

http://www.huntbar.com/Search/Search_404.asp?aff=1453&Q=http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/valert.html&Code=404

Answer

This question was answered on October 15, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This is the directions for manual removal of Huntbar

HuntBar stores its code in a folder called 'MSIETS' inside the 'Common Files' folder in 'Program Files' Before you can delete it, you must deregister its DLLs There will be one called 'msiets.dll', and, if HuntBar has been running long enough to download some updates, probably also 'msielink.dll' If you don't have msielink.dll you will only have to use the first of the two following commands

Open a DOS command prompt window from Start->Programs->Accessories, and enter the commands For Windows XP, 2000 or NT:

regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Common Files\MSIETS\msiets.dll"

regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Common Files\MSIETS\msielink.dll"

There may also be software programs out there that can get rid of it

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Posted by Susan of Mesa Community College on October 15, 2003