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#1 zeroweek

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:37 PM

First post here. I am helping my dad out with his computer, he's noticed a weird title bar "thingy" I have attached an image. When one types as I am doing now, it would fill it's little menu bar with gibberish. I have no idea what it is. He's having other problems, can only access the internet through aol (yes, he's in his 70s and a die hard aol user). All other browsers don't work and they all have the weird thingy. 

 

Anybody have any experience or know what this is? Any help much appreciated. 

 

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#2 jhayz

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 02:06 AM

Hi zeroweek :)

 

Depending on the browser being used, try going to the add-ons or plugins by the browser's Menu options or settings and see if disabling all and enabling one by one would be able to find the culprit. Good Luck.


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:02 AM

Hi -

That wording given (as shown) is not listed under any search that I have done.

 

If you are not able to remove it with the directions from jhays , you can try these programs.

 

Please download AdwCleaner to desktop.
Temporary disable your Antivirus while the program runs
Close all other running programs including your browser, as your computer will be rebooted after the scan.
Double click on the AdwCleaner icon to run the program
Vista or Win7 users Right click and select Run as Administrator
Select DELETE from the menu
Confirm with OK when asked.
A logfile will be produced after the reboot, please post it back here -

 

Next : Download Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
Again disable your Antivirus while the program runs, just to avoid conflicts
Double click on the new icon to start the program
Vista or Win7 users Right click and select Run as Administrator
Follow the directions in the Black box and the program will run
Your computer will not be rebooted, but a logfile will be produced
Please post it back here -

 

Make sure you enable your Antivirus when completed

 

We can then clean up the remains with this program

Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Alternate download: http://www.itxassociates.com/OT-Tools/TFC.exe
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
NOTE - TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.

 

 

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:44 PM

I'd use ccleaner to 1. run cleaner and 2. delete all startup programs except antivirus and firewall.

 

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ccleaner_slim.html


Edited by zbd, 09 June 2013 - 08:45 PM.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:57 AM



I'd use ccleaner to 1. run cleaner and 2. delete all startup programs except antivirus and firewall.

 

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ccleaner_slim.html

 

 
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:03 AM

Have you checked the regional settings to make sure they are set correctly?

 

Have you tried running it in Safe Mode?  If the problem stops when in Safe Mode this could be a non-Windows program causing this.  If this is the case you can perform a Clean Boot to find the culprit.  I will provide a tutorial for performing a Clean Boot if you need it.


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