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1) To uninstall Ask Toolbar program from your computer,click the Start button, click onControl Panel,the select Uninstall a program. (Add or Remove Programs for Windows XPusers).
2) Search and uninstall Ask Toolbar Updater and Ask Toolbar from your computer.
Remove Ask Toolbar and Ask.com from Internet Explorer
Remove Ask Toolbar add-ons from Internet Explorer. Open Internet Explorer, then click on the gear icon Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right) and then selectManage add-ons.
From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select Ask Toolbar, askBar BHO and any other unknown extensions, then click on Disable.
Set Internet Explorer default search engine from Ask Search to Bing.
To change your default search engine, click on the gear iconManage Add-ons, and then, under Add-on Types, click Search Providers.
Select Bing or you may input what site you want to be your homepage and click on Set Default.
When you click the Internet Explorer icon, window may flash a second and quits. Or, it may show an Error-Reporting dialog. This may be due to a malware Browser Helper Object which causes Internet Explorer process to terminate. If you see the Error-Reporting dialog, click "to see what data this report contains" and identify the Module Name causing this error. In most cases, it may be the malware DLL; in which case, reinstalling Internet Explorer may not help.
1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. 2. Double-click Internet Options. 3. Click the Advanced tab. 4. Under Browsing, clear the Enable third-party browser extensions (requires restart) check box. 5. Restart Internet Explorer.
Download Ad-Aware from www.lavasoftusa.com and follow this: 1. Start Ad-Aware. 2. Click "Check for Updates", "Connect" and download the latest pattern file if available. and click Finish 3. Click "Start", "Next" 4. After the scan is finished, click "Next" 5. Select all the items (checkboxes) Right click on any object in the "Scan result" list and choose [Select all objects] 6. Click Next and click OK to confirm removal.
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the Advanced tab, and then click Reset.
Select the Delete personal settings check
box if you would like to remove browsing history, search providers,
Accelerators, home pages, and InPrivate Filtering data.
In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings
dialog box, click Reset.
When Internet Explorer finishes restoring the settings, click
Close, and then click OK.
Close Internet Explorer.
Your changes will take effect the next time you open Internet
If you close all visible windows, but still get an error message
when trying to reset, you might have programs running that are not visible.
Restart Windows, open Internet Explorer, and
try resetting again.
To back up your home page or home page set before resetting
Internet Explorer defaults, see Back up your
home page or home page tabs.
If any of the categories fail to reset, it is because Internet
Explorer could not access a file or registry setting. This can be caused by
insufficient security privileges, files or settings being used by another
program, or low memory or high CPU usage. You can either continue to use
Internet Explorer without restoring these settings, or restart your computer and
try to reset again.
If you are using Internet Explorer on a server and have turned off
Enhanced Security Configuration or hardening (stronger security settings for use
on servers), reset will go to client-level security. You must reinstall
hardening if you want the increased security level. For more information on
Enhanced Security Configuration, see Enhanced Security
Configuration for Internet Explorer online.
To re-enable add-ons, see Internet
Explorer add-ons: frequently asked questions.
Ther are known conflicts with Vista and IE8 - particularly with Vista 64-bit.
I would suggest uninstalling IE8 and reinstalling IE7 or using an alternative browser such as "slimbrowser" (excellent program) or similar.
IE8 can be uninstall by using Add or Remove Programs module in Windows XP, but in Windows Vista, Windows Internet Explorer 8 is not considered to be a ‘program’. Instead, IE8 is categorizing as an ‘update’. Thus, users will not be able to find Windows Internet Explorer 8 in “Programs and Features” of Windows Vista.
To uninstall Internet Explorer 8, go to Control Panel, and click on Uninstall Programs link or Programs and Features icon. Then on Tasks pane on the left, click on View installed updates link. Locate and select Windows Internet Explorer 8 in the list of installed updates, and then click on Uninstall button. Click on Yes when asked that are you sure want to uninstall the update.
If there is no option of IE8 been found on “Programs and Features” or “Add or Remove Programs” dialog box, or uninstallation of Internet Explorer 8 is unclean (causing error message such as setup cannot continue because a more recent version of Internet Explorer has been detected on this computer when trying to downgrade to IE7), try to manually run the spuninst.exe.
To do so, go to C:\WINDOWS\ie8\spuninst\ folder (your drive letter may be different), and run spuninst.exe.
Restart the computer after uninstallation completed.
What kind of computer is this? Try clicking on the "Update Windows" icon in the control panel, this should bring up a default explorer window that shoudl try to connect to the internet. You can use that to either update your ie to repair the problem or download firefox to get yourself at least on the internet. Then you can try to actually run the update to a better ie version. You also may want to try in add/remove programs removing the IE explorer, this will not totally remove it, the update icon should still function, sounds like you may have issues with your drive or controller thou writing bad data to the sector thus corrupting the explorer itself. Try running a scandisk off the hard drive icon right click.