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Solved: Solved: How to remove Microsoft Live Search

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by mdhilliard, Jan 23, 2009.

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  1. mdhilliard

    mdhilliard Thread Starter

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    Even though the above thread appeared in these pages, there was no working solution provided. Users submitting the question here have already tried the apparent options offered such as re-setting the default search provider and looking for Live Search in the Control Panel. Does anyone have a real solution for permanently removing Live Search as a search provider? It operates through the Registry so it hijacks the settings nearly every time the computer is turned on.
     
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    I found this solution in a search for "agcutils.dll", the culprit behind the problem. I am very grateful to SpywareDR!

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    December 21st, 2008, 12:13 PM
    SpywareDR sent me this to post for you.

    Click Start | Run, type in services.msc and press [Enter]. Look to see if you have an AG windows service. If so, then stop it first, then disable it.


    Click Start | Run, type in regedit and press [Enter]. Browse to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services". If you see "AGWinService" in the left pane, right-click it, select "Export", give it a filename of something like "C:\AGWinService_backup.reg" and click "Save". Now right-click "AGWinService" and select "Delete".


    Load and run HijackThis. Place a checkmark in the boxes to the left of the following three items:R3 - URLSearchHook: AGSearchHookClass -{0BC6E3FA-78EF-4886-842C-5A1258C4455A} - C:\ProgramFiles\AGI\common\agcutils.dll

    O2 - BHO: AGSearchHook Class -{0BC6E3FA-78EF-4886-842C-5A1258C4455A} - C:\ProgramFiles\AGI\common\agcutils.dll

    O23 - Service: AG Windows Service(AGWinService) - Unknown owner -C:\ProgramFiles\AGI\common\win32\PythonService.exeand then click the Fix Checked button.


    Close HijackThis (and whatever else you have open) and Reboot.


    Threads where it has worked.

    http://discussions.virtualdr.com/showthread.php?t=235589
    http://discussions.virtualdr.com/showthread.php?t=235573

    Thanks doc!
     
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