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Can't open add/remove programs or set program access and defaults

I have e-machines 4260 with XP SP2. When i try to open add/remove programs or set program access and defaults i get a quick flash of the busy timer and then nothing.

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Run virus scan and try to run again it will work other wise reinstall the os

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Remove Ask from browser

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 from Internet Explorer
  1. Remove Ask Toolbar add-ons from Internet Explorer. Open Internet Explorer, then click on the gear icon icongear.jpgTools 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 iconicongear.jpgManage 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.

Dec 05, 2013 | PC Desktops


Set firefox as ur default browser

Windows 7 and Vista
  1. Click on the Windows logo to open the Start menu, then select Control Panel. The Control Panel window will open.
  2. Click on the link labeled Programs. The Programs panel will open.

  3. Click on the link labeled Set your default programs. The Set your default programs panel will open.

  4. In the Programs list on the left side of the window, click Firefox.
  5. In the right side of the window, click Set this program as default.

Windows XP
  1. Click the Start button, then click on the Control Panel icon to open the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Click the Add or Remove Programs icon to open the Add or Remove Programs applet.
  3. On the left side of the window, click the Set Program Access and Defaults icon.
  4. Click on the Custom radio button to expand the Custom category.
  5. Underneath Choose a default Web browser click the radio button next to Mozilla Firefox.

  6. Click OK at the bottom of the window.
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on Oct 03, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How do I remove content control on my pc

Which operating system ??..
To Remove Parental Control Software from Windows XP
Click "Start" and then open up the "Control Panel".
Click on "Add or Remove Programs".

Wait for the program list to populate. Scroll through the list and identify the monitoring web software such as NetNanny, WebWatcher or similar.

Click on the web monitoring software.
To the right of the highlighted software is a button that says "Change/Remove", or two buttons, one "Change" the other "Remove".
Click the appropriate button that will remove the web blocking software.
If you get a pop up asking if you wish to continue, click "Yes".
The Windows Add/Remove utility will proceed automatically from this point on.

To Remove Parental Control Software from Vista or Windows 7

Click "Start", then open up the "Control Panel". A new window will open up, select "Programs and Features".
The heading will now read "Uninstall or Change a Program".

Scroll through the list until you find the web blocking software you wish to remove.
Select program.
The action "Uninstall" will appear next to the word "Organize" in the bar above the program list. Select "Uninstall".

Click Yes when the message box pops up asking if you're sure you want to uninstall the parental controls program.
The uninstall utility will take over from there.

To Remove Parental Controls on a Mac

Open the "System Preferences" folder.
Select "Accounts" under the "Systems" header at the bottom of your screen.

Select the user account name from which you wish to remove parental controls from the left hand column.

Uncheck "Enable Parental Controls".

Change Firewall Settings
A firewall is a security utility designed to thwart electronic access to a network.
Firewalls are absolutely necessary because, without one, your computer is prone to being exposed to Trojans, mal-ware, spy-ware and other kinds of viral infections.
However, in some situations it is helpful to alter the firewall settings to allow certain programs to run without being blocked.
This is important to anyone whom wants to know how to access Windows Firewall and customize its settings.

Go to the start menu and select "Control Panel."
Click on the Windows Firewall icon.
It looks like a brick wall.
Choose either "On," "Block all incoming connections" or "Off" under the "General" tab.
It is recommended to have it on and not advised to turn it off.
Click the "Exceptions" tab to choose which programs you do not want to be protected by the firewall.
Click the empty box to check the programs you want to add to the list of exceptions.
It is recommended to check browsers and file-sharing programs.
Click the "Advanced" tab to choose which network connections you want the firewall to protect.
It is recommended to check all connections because your computer could be exposed to viruses if left unchecked.
Click "Restore Defaults" under the advanced tab.
This may cause some programs to stop working and is not recommended if you do not have experience working with firewall settings.
Create the menu tab on your homepage right click in the top toolbar you should see a number of toolbar options select the menu tab which will add File Edit View Favorites Tools and Help
Select "Tools>Internet options" Inside Internet Explorer, then click the "Security" tab. Press the "Custom level" button.

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How can i enable my windows xp to run with add-ons enabled? because i cant install adobe flash player. so i cant download videos or watch videos off youtube.

open control panel, open program defaults and set the neccesary changes required for setting default programs.

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I went into Set program access and defaults. I

I think I would download a fresh updated copy of Firefox. Use "Revo Uninstaller" to remove all old files from your HDD and the registry. Now install the new copy of Firefox. The PC should now connect ok.

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I have vista home basic sp2 and the REG_SZ data value is not set. can you help?

> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
> (default) reg_sz (value not set)
> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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