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Subject: OT: PC Help...
Date Posted: 1/26/2011 10:09 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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My son's friend spent the night last night and I allowed him to use my computer...only to find this morning that I have a new toolbar and a download manager!

Now, I can not remember how to remove unwanted toolbars from Firefox. Anyone?

The toolbar is from Bing, which I have never heard of before now. No idea where the download manager came from.

My pc seems to be running slower too, so I'm going to scan for nasties. Oh, and his Facebook page is now set as my "homepage". The nerve!!!!!


This is just rude! There may be a boy running around with broken fingers today....

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 10:12 AM ET
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Sorry that I'm no help with the computer, but I will be glad to help procure whatever instruments of torture you need for dealing with the little twit!

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 10:15 AM ET
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Rude indeed. I don't know much about Firefox, but can't you go to add or remove programs and take out the ones he installed?

Worst case scenario, use System Restore to return your PC to an earlier date and then scan again for nasties.

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 10:23 AM ET
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Valli, for the toolbar issue, right-click up by the File Menu (like over to the right of "Help" on the File Menu bar) and you should see a popup list of toolbars that are installed. You can uncheck the one(s) you don't want to see there.

To change your homepage back, you can go to Tools and then Options. On the General tab, you'll see the place for homepage and can change it there.

Kid's up - gotta run. HTH!


eta: On the download manager, what operating system are you on? You can likely go to your computer's Control Panel (check your start menu for a shortcut) and then to the Add/Remove Programs. Scroll down that list to find and remove it.

I really like Adaware and Spybot for detecting junk on the computer. Between the two, they usually find most everything when my computer's starting to run a little slow. They're both free to download and pretty easy to use.

(I hope you scared that little turd! lol)

Last Edited on: 1/26/11 11:47 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/26/2011 11:52 AM ET
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that is soooo rude, ITA! it seems to be generational.....my IT desktop guys at my office, none of whom is ovre 25, do stuff like that all the time....i have threatened them all within an inch of their worthless little lives.....

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 11:53 AM ET
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A real easy way to fix this is to restore your PC to an earlier time. You won't lose anything but the unwanted software changes.

Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore

Try restoring it to the available date/time immediately preceding last night. It takes a few minutes, so be patient with it.

One thing you may want to do is set up a special account (user) on your PC for this kind of person. You can configure it thru the Control Panel > User Accounts to disallow installations. Make it a "limited" account. This will let the user surf the Web without wrecking havoc.

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 11:59 AM ET
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Good thing others on here can advise you how to fix the PC. As for me, I'd make sure your DH got the "stocks" built real quick so you could slap that kid in there. Then, I would make an urgent appt with my shrink for letting him USE YOUR COMPUTER in the first place!! crying

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 8:50 PM ET
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I got everything fixed, thank goodness! Thanks for all the instructions!

The little brat managed to pick up some spyware. I think it was from a website he was using to try to watch movies for free. Grr...


Genie, I actually have a "guest" account and didn't think to make him use it. It doesn't matter now 'cause he won't be using my computer again. If I let him again, I will definitely take Jeanne's advice and find a shrink. ;-)

The 'stocks' idea may be a good one...there's always a ton of teenage boys at my house and I need all the help I can get!