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Your computer has corrupted your default search setting


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This started happening two or three days ago out of the blue. This would suddenly pop open no matter what I was doing.

"A Program on your computer has corrupted your default search setting for Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer has reset this setting to your original search provider.

Internet Explorer will now open Search Settings, where you can change this setting or install more search providers."

Nothing I do can prevent it randomly occurring. Help!

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Found this on another forum.

open (double click) "my computer"

open (double click) "C-drive"

right-click "documents and settings", and select "properties" from the menu which appears.

the "read only" box was filled, meaning some files were write-protected, some weren't.

I clicked it to clear it, and hit "apply".

a dialog box opened asking if I wanted to apply this to all branches, sub-folders, etc -- I hit "yes".

a dialog box opened listing some file (I don't remember what) which could not be reset -- I selected "ignore all".

and then off it went.

Or try running C Cleaner and clean the registry.

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Followed your suggestion which took just under 20 minutes (some 250,000 files) and, touch wood, so far no reappearance of that irritating window. Let's hope I've not jumped the gun!

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