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I recently installed some new software applications and now when I start Internet Explorer I see some custom web search start page called SearchYa!

Whenever I type something in the address bar of Internet Explorer and press Enter it takes me to http://searchya.com/

How do I get rid of this?...

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What have you tried already (Uninstall, System Restore, etc.)? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 4 '12 at 12:06
    
What should I do?... I don't want to use system restore because I do want to keep the installed software. I only want to get rid of this SearchYa thing. –  sammyg Jun 4 '12 at 12:18
    
I have removed it from Firefox 3.6.28 by going to Tools, Add-ons, Extensions. I selected "searchya.com 1.5.0" and disabled it, then restarted Firefox, then uninstalled it and restarted Firefox again. Firefox is my primary web browser. But I would like to remove it from Internet Explorer as well. –  sammyg Jun 4 '12 at 12:33
    
You mean instead of Google search your browser redirect you there or any web address like www.somthing.com also redirect there? –  avirk Jun 4 '12 at 13:06
    
@avirk The first one - the browser redirects me there instead of Google search. Typing a full website address like www.something.com will get me there, so no problem there. I have checked the search providers by going to Tools, Manage Add-ons, Search Providers and I can see it there but cannot remove it. –  sammyg Jun 4 '12 at 13:37

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Try AutoRuns, there is an area in it that allows you to remove all the stuff Internet Explorer runs on startup.

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OK, so I run autoruns.exe and go to Internet Explorer. It shows me image path to Java FX, some Microsoft Office, other Microsoft, Oracle, Skype and Adobe DLL files. There are at least two entries that seem to be relevant here. Ons is called Ironsource LTD Helper Object and the other is called SearchYa Toolbar. So how do I remove these two? Do I go to the directory path first and delete the associated DLL files and then remove them from registry? –  sammyg Jun 4 '12 at 13:44
    
I have found the two entries in the list of plug-ins in Internet Explorer in add-ons manager. But the status indicates they are inactivated and I can only click to activate them. No option to uninstall. –  sammyg Jun 4 '12 at 14:18
    
Solved! From Autoruns.exe I jumped to c:\program files (x86)\ironsource\searchya\1.5.13.0\bh and deleted searchya.dll. Then I jumped to its registry key and deleted the key. I then jumped to c:\program files (x86)\ironsource\searchya\1.5.13.0 and deleted searchyatlbr.dll. Then I jumped to its registry key and deleted only its value from the Toolbar key. Because this key is shared with other IE toolbars. –  sammyg Jun 4 '12 at 14:30
    
But even after doing this it was still there in Internet Explorer. But there was an uninstall.exe file in its install directory which effectively removed it from the computer. It opened up a website saying that I "have successfully uninstalled the searchya toolbar." –  sammyg Jun 4 '12 at 14:31
    
Now restart the IE then check if it still there. –  avirk Jun 4 '12 at 14:32
  • First remove SearchYa from "Programs" uninstall in "Control Panel".
  • Search for SearchYa in "Start" (left corner) and delete anything with the name SearchYa by right clicking the mouse and deleting it. This will remove the tool bar.
  • In your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox etc) highlight a new home page URL (example http://www.google.ca/), then drag the page to your "Home" (right corner on Firefox left corner on Explorer) button.
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