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    Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    I just recently acquired something strange on my PC after visiting a legitimate software download site. It is called, "Microsoft LinkBar"? This is something I did NOT download and install. How can I remove this thing from my HD? And if anyone knows what it is and how it came to be installed, please let me know so I can avoid getting this again please! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    It's not the same as in IE5 when you go
    View > Toolbars > Links
    is it?

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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    Leif,

    Unfortunately, no! There is nothing there about this silly 'LinkBar". It appears at the very bottom of the browser, and it seems like it is not an inherent part of the browser window either. It is full width and has various buttons on it to visit "news", "freeware", etc.... Clicking on any of the buttons also opens up a plethora of irritating popups as well. Man, don't I hate these types of things!! <img src=/S/mad.gif border=0 alt=mad width=15 height=15> It is very intrusive to say the least. There outta be a law! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    This sounds like a Browser "Helper" Object that was downloaded on to your computer via ?script? while visiting a site. This is one of the pleasures of having the Internet zone Scripting and/or ActiveX enabled. Isn't that a nice gift someone gave you? Look on the bright side -- it could have been a lot worse.

    Is it this?
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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> If this type of thing is a "gift", then I think I'd rather go without becoming a recipient of such!!

    No, that is not what I have, although it is similar. There is (was) a button on the far left to close the LinkBar and after clicking on it, it hasn't reappeared. I am not convinced it is gone however from my HD. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    I ran Norton Utilities, "CleanSweep" and the Internet section for both PlugIns and ActiveX components, and it didn't show up there. Without a doubt, it could have been much worse. hehe If it appears again, I'll try and get a screenshot of it. The taskbar button did say specifically, "Microsoft LinkBar", if that is of any help?

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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    I don't ever remember hearing about Microsoft making a "LinkBar"... but who knows. Maybe the creator just used the MS name to give it credibility?

    I would look in my registry for any instance of "LinkBar" and also look for any "Browser Helper Objects" listed in the registry.

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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    Searching for both "LinkBar" and "Browser Helper Objects" produced no resuts in a Registry Search. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>. Oh well! Perhaps it won't appear again unless I visit that download site again. Very strange!! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by Phil Rabichow on 21-Mar-02 12:22.</P>I don't know what operating system that you're on, but the next time you see it, if you do, Ctrl+Alt+Del to see what program is running. If you're using Win 98, you might go to Start/Run & type
    msconfig
    & make sure that it's not set to startup every time you reboot. If you get an idea on it's name, you "might" be able to uninstall it. If not, looking for both registry entries & folders or files with a similar name might turn up something you can delete.

    I know. It's real irritating to get this stuff. That's why I have a lot of options set to "prompt" under IE's security settings. If I like the site, like WOPR, I add it to my trusted zone.
    Edited to spell site correctly <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Microsoft 'LinkBar' (IE 6.0)

    Strange indeed. Hopefully it was 'uninstalled' and won't come back. Let us know if it does...

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