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Message 1129218 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 14:58:40 UTC

a bit off topic, but I figured this was where the brains were..

I had a new appearance on my system. When I right click any web page,
on the menu is this google sidewiki. The problem is,
I do not have any google toolbars installed. How the heck do I kill this..
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Message 1129225 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:07:50 UTC

I Googled 'remove google sidewiki' and found this....(actually, I used Alta Vista).


In their wisdom, Google have decided that we all must want their 'sidewiki' and puts a popup on your Internet browser on the top left of the page.

The trouble is that there is no way that you can move the window to see what is written underneath and also no way of deleting the popup.

My first reaction on seeing the popup was that it must be a phishing virus and not from Google. I mean, Google was one of the first to have a method of getting rid of popups! Google would no do this, would they?

Well this is exactly what they have done and the Internet users are up in arms about it!

If you do have the courage to click on the popup and select that sidewiki is not to be loaded on your computer, it goes ahead and loads it into your Google Toolbar anyway! Sorry, but this is 'Big Brother' Google gone way over the top! We really should have the choice on whether to load software or not, however 'useful' the supplier of the program thinks it will be for us.

Frankly, I think that sidewiki will be far more useful to Google than it will be for us. It will send off to Google the sites we visit and generally what we are using our PC for when surfing the Net.

Wait a minute! This is exactly what phishing viruses have been doing and we spend money with Norton and McAfee to block such programs. Now we are inviting in Google to do exactly the same! Crazy.

So if you have Google Tool Bar you will accept that it was one of the better tool bars available. However, now it is a conduit for Google to snoop on you with sidewiki and it is time to say goodbye to it. What will be the next trick from Google? I think is is too dangerous to allow them a back door into your PC.

So, go to Tools > Add Ons (or Manage Add-ons) > and remove Google Tool Bar.

Re-boot your computer and the popup will be gone.

Read more: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/208087_remove-google-sidewiki-popup#ixzz1STB5hoqy




I know you said you did not have the google tool bar, but check this anyway.
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Message 1129228 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:12:17 UTC

I had the google toolbar (and everything google) disabled. It does creep back in via adobe(read carefully your updates, it re-installs). However Now I have deleted the toolbar after this mess, and I am STILL getting what I posted an image of.

I want a clean browser back. How can I get it without re-installing my entire OS??
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Message 1129233 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:17:16 UTC

Several things these days install these $%#$%@ toolbars w/o your permission these days.
Adobe Reader for example tries to do this by not loading the check box to deselect the toolbar for a few seconds when you go to download it. If you click the button to download as soon as it looks like the page has loaded. Then you are getting an installer with the toolbar.
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Message 1129234 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:18:13 UTC - in response to Message 1129228.

I had the google toolbar (and everything google) disabled. It does creep back in via adobe(read carefully your updates, it re-installs). However Now I have deleted the toolbar after this mess, and I am STILL getting what I posted an image of.

I want a clean browser back. How can I get it without re-installing my entire OS??

Try running the install for this add-on and then see if there is a remove option.
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Message 1129241 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:24:00 UTC - in response to Message 1129234.
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so I have to put it in and turn it lose to take it out??

AUGH!!!!!

edit: side note, just deleted google earth and am ready to try and find another decent search. I am thinking the age of googling is over.
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Message 1129242 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:24:45 UTC - in response to Message 1129241.

so I have to put it in and turn it lose to take it out??

AUGH!!!!!

That is probably the easiest thing to try first. The next step would be regedit or such.
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Message 1129245 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:26:53 UTC - in response to Message 1129234.

I had the google toolbar (and everything google) disabled. It does creep back in via adobe(read carefully your updates, it re-installs). However Now I have deleted the toolbar after this mess, and I am STILL getting what I posted an image of.

I want a clean browser back. How can I get it without re-installing my entire OS??

Try running the install for this add-on and then see if there is a remove option.

Would it show up in add/remove programs?
Or in the add-ons manager in the browser?
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Message 1129254 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:33:49 UTC

I've long since uninstalled Adobe Reader because of this crap of them and switched to Foxit Reader. Uninstalled all Adobe crud from my system and still I get a reminder every month if I want to upgrade to the latest Adobe crap... which I then click the "Do not ask me again" option and it goes away for a month. ;-)

One of the other products out there, I forget which one it is (Winamp or so?) will ask you about that ^%$^%$%# Ask.com toolbar, and even when you have all the options unchecked, it'll still install it in Firefox... luckily it's easy to get rid of, but still, why ask if you install that crap anyway?
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Message 1129261 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:45:58 UTC - in response to Message 1129254.

I've long since uninstalled Adobe Reader because of this crap of them and switched to Foxit Reader. Uninstalled all Adobe crud from my system and still I get a reminder every month if I want to upgrade to the latest Adobe crap... which I then click the "Do not ask me again" option and it goes away for a month. ;-)

One of the other products out there, I forget which one it is (Winamp or so?) will ask you about that ^%$^%$%# Ask.com toolbar, and even when you have all the options unchecked, it'll still install it in Firefox... luckily it's easy to get rid of, but still, why ask if you install that crap anyway?


I dont like all the tool bars that they try and force down your throat. Dont the idiots realise if you had all the tool bars they wanted you to have youd have an inch of screen left to look at. On vista the add on manger will take them off. But then that thing naggs you everytime you open the browser.
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Message 1129263 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:46:37 UTC

results so far..

Went into regedit and killed everything named google*
Ran a registry cleaner to try and clean out the resulting mess..

Still no change on the right click the browser bit. Still appears as shown in the picture.

no accelorators, no google plug ins add ons tool bars installed..




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Message 1129264 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:49:17 UTC - in response to Message 1129241.

so I have to put it in and turn it lose to take it out??

AUGH!!!!!

edit: side note, just deleted google earth and am ready to try and find another decent search. I am thinking the age of googling is over.

Alta Vista has been my search engine since the early days.
Tied in with Yahoo now, but so far no toolbar shenanigans.
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Message 1129265 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:51:49 UTC - in response to Message 1129263.

You don't say, or I missed it thrice now, what your browser actually is... Care to enlighten us?
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Message 1129266 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 15:53:00 UTC - in response to Message 1129265.

os: windoze 7
IE9 browser.
(if it was chrome I would have no right to complain)
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Message 1129271 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 16:05:33 UTC
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I just played with it to see what it was doing. After uninstalling the toolbar it left this in the registry.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Google Sidewiki...]
@="res://C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Google Toolbar\\Component\\GoogleToolbarDynamic_mui_en_43C348BC2E93EB2B.dll/cmsidewiki.html"
"Contexts"=dword:00000013

After removing the key under MenuExt the entry was gone from the menu.
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Message 1129273 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 16:10:13 UTC - in response to Message 1129266.

So what if you open IE9 (can you?) and then circular star (Tools)->Manage add-ons, what is all enabled in Toolbars and extensions?

Alternatively, you can download and run the HijackThis 2.0.4 installer. Make sure to NOT install to the default C:\Program Files(x86)\ directory or the C:\Program Files\ directory, as then your HJT can't write its log files.

After installing, do Start->All Programs->HijackThis->right-click HijackThis->Properties->Compatibility->check "Run this program as an administrator"->OK.
Then again do Start->All Programs->HijackThis->HijackThis. Click Yes to start the program.

Do a system scan WITH save the log file. It's possible you get a warning that your hosts file cannot be opened, just click OK here -- you get this warning usually when you run HJT as not an admin. Then Notepad should open with the log in it. Post that one here for us all to go through.
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Message 1129284 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 16:26:54 UTC - in response to Message 1129271.

I just played with it to see what it was doing. After uninstalling the toolbar it left this in the registry.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Google Sidewiki...]
@="res://C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Google Toolbar\\Component\\GoogleToolbarDynamic_mui_en_43C348BC2E93EB2B.dll/cmsidewiki.html"
"Contexts"=dword:00000013

After removing the key under MenuExt the entry was gone from the menu.


Beautiful find, thank you Hal.
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Message 1129294 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 16:44:27 UTC

With Internet Explorer you can reset the browser which should set it back to its default state (without the Google thing). Also, you can uninstall IE9 which should roll it back to the previous version which may also get rid of your gremlin. Then upgrade back to IE9.

I feel your annoyance. Any software tool like this that installs itself without your permission falls into the virus category in my books.

And I agree with the comments about Google getting a bit too big for its boots.
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Message 1129307 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 16:58:39 UTC - in response to Message 1129294.

It is not only that it installed itself, it is the fact I disabled it, it did not go away. I uninstalled it, it still did not go(completely) away.

The fact that I have litter all through this machine is my gripe. Google is one of many, and honestly the worst offender I have seen for some time.

when you say "regedit" to most people, they have no clues. Such is the OS for
functionally illiterate we are experiencing.

In my view, the web with all its re-directs, streaming ads, and self installing "utilities" has everything BUT the well being of the end user in mind. A perfect web experience to me would be, take me to the site I ask for and NO WHERE ELSE. Do not re-direct or bring content from anywhere else. Show all the ads you want, but control and host them there. Then I can decide with my feet whether to return or not. Oh yeah.. one more thing.. instead of trying to find me and market to me, just make it where I can find YOU if I want something.

I suppose it is my way of saying "Stay off my lawn".
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Message 1129314 - Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 17:09:48 UTC - in response to Message 1129307.

don't forget you are running IE9 which is still a bit sketchy
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