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    Alexa reappears (IE6.0.2600)

    Hi All:
    When I run Pest Patrol or Ad-Aware lately, I've found an Alexa registry entry. The only thing that I've done is run IE repair option in Add/Remove Programs & also added the SP-3 Office Update. I suspect the IE repair, since it also happened before the Office update. Does anyone know whether running IE repair causes Alexa to reappear?
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    Re: Alexa reappears (IE6.0.2600)

    Phil,
    I'd think that if your original IE install included Alexa then a repair would.

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    Re: Alexa reappears (IE6.0.2600)

    Phil--
    What is Alexa--do you mean the Alexa Toolbar? or Alexa web search?
    Besides the registry entry, how is Alexa showing up?

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    Re: Alexa reappears (IE6.0.2600)

    As far as I know, it's just the registry entry. I don't think I ever knowingly installed anything with Alexa--but it keeps popping back up.

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    Re: Alexa reappears (IE6.0.2600)

    Phil, even though you rarely respond back to my answers... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    What you are seeing is of neglible importance. The "Alexa" entry that they are finding is nothing more than the "Related" button for the tool bar. Alexa and MS entered into an agreement along time ago which gave Alexa that button.

    Is is "spyware" or "ad-ware"?? Most people argue strongly NO. Personally I don't know for sure, BUT since I NEVER use the Related button, I have not bothered investigating this further. I recommend that you simply do NOT use the Related button if you are at all concerned.

    Why do these tools identify this entry as "spyware"?? Because Alexa has made a bad name for themselves with other products -- such as their tool bar. They may have even used the same CLSID for nefarious purposes (this is total supposition on my part). Regardless, Alexa has created "Ad-ware" products and they have gotten themselves onto the "bad" list because of it. Therefore, these Anti-ad-ware products identify ANYTHING from Alexa as 'spyware'.

    The "Related" button IS part and parcel of IE -- like it or not. If you repair or re-install or update IE, the Related button is put back in. The Anti-ad-ware products will again complain that you have 'spyware'.

    Personally, I have placed the Alexa Related button CLSID on my IGNORE list for AdAware. I really don't care to have it keep identifing this as a 'problem'. I never use the dang Related button anyway, so there is NO 'spyware' problem as far as I am concerned.

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    Re: Alexa reappears (IE6.0.2600)

    Hi Rick:
    Thanks for the information. Actually, I think I generally do respond to your answers to my questions, except there were a few times that you responded to me but were answering someone else. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Sometimes, I don't have a chance to try out some of your suggestions & it goes on the back burner...I have a whole list of things on my ToDo list that I'll probably never get to.. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> In any event, I apologize if I've seemed rude; it certainly was not my intention. I've learned quite a bit reading many of your tips.
    Cheers,

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