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#1 mypenry

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 09:45 AM

I was checking my add-ons running as part of internet explorer, (Tools->Internet options)
And noticed an add on called …

Research ……. (No publisher) …..Enabled ……..Type (Browser Extension) …..File (none shown)

Can any one please tell me what this may be, as ive got no idea …?

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 10:36 AM

Can you take a screen shot of it? When the screen is up, press Alt and PrtScrn at the same time.

Then open Paint and paste it there then save it. Go get a free photobucket.com account and post it there - then copy the link that they give you to your next post so we can have a look-see.
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 10:56 AM

Found the comments below on the web:

7. In manage-addons, at unknown time a Browser Extension appeared called Research. Only information about is is the GUID and Used/Blocked numbers. Finding that there were these GUID etc information required one to right click on the top "tabs", not very easily discoverable. There is no company name etc assosiacted with the Research browser extension. Odd. It says used around 300 times and blocked around 1200 times.

Could it be the MS background feedback feature? I allow Office/VS usage experience feedback to be sent, but there is no indication that the extension is related to that. By default everything that unknown and with little meta information is spyware to me.

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I would suggest running a good antispyware program such as the one in the link below.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 11:04 AM

If it was an MS feature, it'd list MS as the publisher (the rest do this). It's possible that it could be associated with stuff from SurfSaver (link here: http://www.batchconverter.com/SurfSaver-download-8516.shtml )

But, since it's an unknown, how comfortable are you with it? I'd disable it - then see if anything that you need isn't working. If not, then get rid of it.
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 01:19 AM

Thanks Guy's for the information , I will disable it and see what happens..? and let you know
so Thanks again for your advice and comments.....

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 09:37 PM

I ran across this today when I was doing some searches.

http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=423
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Everything seemed straightforward on mine except an innocuous sounding browser extension called “research”. (Research what? my destinations? credit card numbers?).

Since CastleCops didn’t list it, and it shows no publisher or filename, I thought it best to disable it.

Perhaps you’ve foiled yet another slice of villainy?
Posted January 31, 2005 @ 10:55 am
# Ed Bott says:

Actually, that’s the Research pane, which is added when you install Office 2003 (and maybe Outlook XP, I forget whether it was in that version). I’m guessing you have at least one Office 2003 program on your computer.

It connects with MSN Encarta and a few other online services and allow you to look stuff up in IE or in Office. Choose View, Explorer Bar, Research to see it in action.
Posted January 31, 2005 @ 11:02 am
# riddler says:

I have XP and SP2 already installed, but the IE browser doesn’t include the “Research” add-on. Can the “Research” add-on be downloaded from some web site? thanks.
Posted May 4, 2005 @ 9:49 am
# Ed Bott says:

The Research add-on comes from Microsoft Office…

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss

A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”





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