Oy. What a mess to get rid of. I'm not sure what it piggy-backed itself onto, as I am generally very cautious about the "also install" options. I am pretty certain this one was installed without a specific prompt, other than a possible mention in a EULA. And I stress the word "possible".
I am running Win 7 Pro 64-bit.
To eradicate this mess, I had to...
1. close all browsers
2. stop the running process
3. delete the files from Users/%username%/AppData/Local/Smartbar
4. search the registry and remove any keys (after backing it up) that contained:
- there was a long numeric key that is used a cross-reference (i do not have the number any longer)
I have to say, this thing really glommed itself into the registry with myriad class ids that were cross-referenced by a common numeric key name (not value).
Last edited by hairydogdigital; 03-01-2013 at 07:42 AM.
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