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Mar. 7th, 2005 @ 09:17 pm Okay.
I'm a bad husband. I didn't install XP SP2 on the wife's computer. She got the ABX search toolbar although not the way this article suggest from what I can tell. I suspect DNS poisoning may have been what's been messing up Cablevision's DNS servers too. She knows when it happened too--she was downloading images for the kid to print and color to send to the family for St. Patrick's Day and she clicked on a link she didn't mean to . . .

Anyway, hacking the registry for any keys starting with ABX, and deleting the program directory, seems to have solved the issue for now. Now off to update AdAware, install SP2, etc.
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Date:March 7th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)


I've used all of them too, and they do work, and generally you need several tools to catch everything. I'm just mad because SP2 would have prevented this in the first place. Well, that and Firefox (which is also installed.)
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Date:March 7th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup

I removed all shortcuts and the desktop icon to IE from my parents computer so that they would use firefox. I also changed the firefox icon to the IE icon on the computer here at work so that people would know how to access the internet.