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Entitled "Enhanced Results," they appear in a frame on the left side of the browser, and are often only peripherally related to the search. I've never seen more than five of these results.
When there are no "enhanced results" for a search term, it opens up a left frame window briefly, then returns me to a full page screen of Google results.
I get them when I do a Google search from the toolbar, when I look for "Similar Page" or "Backward Links" from the toolbar, and even when I search from the Google index page.
I don't see an option relating to it in "Preferences," and setting my browser preferences back to default doesn't help, nor have I ever experienced this before.
I only see it in Google, and it's quite annoying.
McAfee assures me that I don't have a virus, Ad-aware's not complaining, and I don't see any strange little programs running in the background.
Does anyone know what this is, or how I might be able to get rid of it?
It does it to me in Yahoo, too. That's not a problem since I don't use Yahoo, but I'm sure going to miss Google. Without closing out the whole browser window, I can't close or reduce the left-side frame, and I'm not going to give up a fourth of my browser to this spam.
Later: Yes, that worked.
Open a DOS command prompt window (from Start->Programs->Accessories) and enter the following commands (HighTraffic variant):
regsvr32 /u BHO2.dll
regsvr32 /u MSNIE.dll
Or for the v2 variant:
regsvr32 /u sbsrch_v2.dll
Or for the v21 variant:
regsvr32 /u SbSrch_V21.dll
Restart Windows and you should be able to delete the SubSearch program files from the System folder. (The System folder can be found in the Windows folder; it is called 'System32' on Windows NT/2000/XP, and just 'System' on Windows 95/98/Me.) These files are named BHO2.dll and MSNIE.dll (HighTraffic variant), sbsrch_v2.dll (v2) or SBSrch_V21.dll (v21).
With the v2 and v21 variants you can also delete winfgnet_1.dat, and, rmvold.exe (which may be there if you previously had v2 and it upgraded itself to v21).
You can also delete the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VB and VBA Program Settings\IeMsnSbSrch_1 to clean up if you like.
Go to this site:
You'll need WinZip to open the program. BHOdemon will prompt you to the BHO's on your computer. Signal it to disable the specific BHO you want to disable. The program has worked well for me. Good Luck!
I've used this trick, as well as the reverse (create a file with the name of an unwanted directory), in the 'Program Files' directory as well and have yet to suffer a successful re-infection from a variety of either unwanted or malicious objects.