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    Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    Hi, there are a number of web addresses in the start page internet options, no matter what I try I can't seem to rid of them. They are more of an annoyance and pop up when I start to type into my browser. They are not an hijack in the conventional sense, no default start pages or re directions. Have hij ack this, CWS, Spyware Blaster and these don't seem to do the trick. Any suggestions pleasE?

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    Give us a list of these web addresses or even a screen shot of the list.

    Where is "Start Page" listed in the Internet options?
    Or do you mean "Home" page"?

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    In the address field for the home page of the internet options dialogue. There are a number of different ones, one being www.manchesteronline.co.uk, google (which I am happy with) I have cleared my cookies, cleared history but they remain.

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    Is this the Option box you are talking about?
    If so, where is there more that one address?
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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    That's right Dave, in the address field, not only is there google, there are a number of other that I don't want.

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    Next, does this happen when you type in the WWW. and the address (www.zzzzz.com) or just when you are shortcutting and just typing in the domain address (zzzzz.com)?

    Also, are the ones not wanted in line of Google? I do NOT under stand how you can have more than one address in the box?

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    Hi, no not in line on the one box, when I type www.zz for instance www.zz12.com is lurking in there on another line.

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    If you mean, there is a drop-down like IE's address bar, this might be controlled by the AutoComplete settings. (There's a button for this on the Content tab, but I didn't try it myself.)

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    thanks, autocomplete disable does prevent it showing but it doesn't rid of it. Any other ideas?

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    I'm not sure you need to get rid of it. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> That's my way of saying, no, I don't have any other ideas.

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    If you're trying to get rid of the typed URLs that are in a dropdown box, you can do the following.

    1. Clear history (Tools/Internet Options/General tab/Clear History).
    2. If you're comfortable with the registry & back it up first, you can get rid of typed URLs in the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerTypedURLs
    3. Boot to DOS & delete the index.dat file. After the history is deleted, the index.dat file is recreated when the computer is restarted.

    If you're unclear about any of this, please post back, especially if you're not used to editing the registry.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    Thanks Phil, I am not sure about how to go about your instruction, I happy getting into the registry, what files do I delete and how do I back up. Seconday what commands in dos do I need to delete the index.dat file?

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    Re: Can't delete URLS (XP Prof)

    Tony,
    Use Regedit and navigate to the key in question. Then select File | Export. Give it a name you'll recognize. Hit enter and you've got a backup of the keys you're about to delete. If you have an NTFS file system with XP you can not use DOS to delete index.dat files. There is no tru DOS with XP. So, you'd have to boot with a DOS diskette/CD. Then you'd not be able to access the NTFS partition. The files get assigned when you boot the OS. See my <post#=300187>post 300187</post#> for details on deleting index.dat files.

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