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How can I restore my search engine to its default?

I keep getting unwanted search engines appearing as a default when looking for a site. How can I set my default search engine and keep it set that way?

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I keep getting unwanted search engines appearing as a default when looking for a site. This also happens for any search I do by browser address bar. My virus protection and adware remover does not show anything. How can I set my default search engine and keep it set that way?
It sounds like a piece of spyware hit before and was removed, but left behind some damage. If you want to restore the search engine to its default in IE, fire up IE and open the Tools | Internet Options | Programs menu. Click on "Reset Web Settings" to restore the search engine and home page to its factory defaults. If you want to lock these settings down against third-party changes, the free anti-spyware program Spybot Search and Destroy can secure the system at large (and IE itself) against such changes. Be sure to also apply Service Pack 2 (if you're running Windows XP) to further secure against such problems.
This was first published in September 2005

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