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  1. benhar

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    Each time I go open a site it is retained and when I go to a try to access asite therafter starting with the same one or two letters the entire list of sites I have been to starting with the same letters appears as a list. The lists are getting quite long but I can't seem to purge them. Thank in advance.

    Using Windows xp on a Dell Inspiron 1150.
     
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    Assuming you are using Internet Explorer 7 or 8, and that you are talking about the drop down address bar menu, you'll need to delete your browser's history.

    Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tools > Internet Options > select the General tab.

    Next, under Browsing history, click on Delete... and select History.

    If using Internet Explorer 6, do the same up to the General tab then click on Clear history.

    Also, under the Content tab of the same IE Options, click on AutoComplete Settings and uncheck Web adresses.
     
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    Thanks for quick reply. Problem is I can't get Internet Options. Each time I try it flashes on for a nano second and then goes off before I can do anything. If I can resolve this issue I can then proceed as you explained. Thanks again.
     
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    Click on Start > Run > type regedit

    Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Restrictions

    In the right-hand pane, if you see the DWORD Value name NoBrowserOptions, change the value from 1 to 0.
     
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    Thanks again Phantom but I can get almost to the end but cannot change it to no no browser options. I really appreciate your help.
     
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    Not sure I'm following you. First, do you have the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Restrictions

    Second, in the right-hand pane, is there a value named NoBrowserOptions? If so, you need to either change the value from 1 to 0 or you can simply delete it.
     
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    I think we're on the same page but my computer isn't.

    I get the registry string all right at the bottom of the page but cannot get anything that says NO BROWSER OPTIONS or gives me a place to change the number.

    ?????????????
     
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    That's because you don't have the DWORD name in your registry. This restriction has to be added manually in the registry or set in the Group Policy Editor (XP Pro).
     
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    Try to access Internet Options this way:

    Click on Start > Run > type (or paste) inetcpl.cpl
     
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    If still no luck, look under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and find the same key.

    Would you by any chance have Spybot installed and running on your computer?
     
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    If still no joy,

    Please click here to download and install version 2.0.3 of HijackThis.

    Run it and select Do a system scan and save a logfile.

    The log will be saved in Notepad. Copy and paste the log in your next post.

    Do not fix anything
     
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    Do not have spybot. Don't know how to do t he other thing you suggested. Could you walk me through it. Thanks Phantom.
     
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    Click on Start > Run > type regedit

    Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Restrictions

    In the right-hand pane, if you see the DWORD Value name NoBrowserOptions, change the value from 1 to 0.
     
  14. benhar

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    Did what you said, Got a box top left saying "no drive type auto run" which I cannot change and a line under it saying "value data 0"
     
  15. Phantom010

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    OK, forget about the registry.

    Please click here to download and install version 2.0.3 of HijackThis.

    Run it and select Do a system scan and save a logfile.

    The log will be saved in Notepad. Copy and paste the log in your next post.

    Do not fix anything
     
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