I am running a Dell laptop computer with a Windows 7 Professional operating system. I have Google Chrome and Internet Explorer installed. When I open Internet Explorer the home page I get is a website that says 'AVG Secure Search'. I want to delete this. How can I do so?
I had this problem once before, maybe six months ago, and was able to solve it myself after several hours of effort. This time I cannot find a solution. If I type 'remove AVG Secure Search' into Google I find a lot of websites describing this problem, but none offer a clear and effective solution. Many of those websites are by AVG themselves, but their proposed solutions are not helpful to me.
For example, http://www.avg.com/ww-en/secure-search-uninstall says:
Step 1. Open Internet Explorer
Step 2. Click 'Tools' on the top menu, and then click on 'Manage Add-ons'.
Step 3. In the opened window, click on 'AVG Security Toolbar', and then click on 'Disable' at the bottom right corner.
However, on my computer AVG does not appear in the opened window. The default open window is for 'Toolbars and Extensions', which has a small red circle with a red diagonal line in it, suggesting to me that something is disabled.
If I click on 'Search Providers' instead of 'Toolbars and Extensions', then 'AVG Secure Search' is listed. If I click on 'AVG Secure Search' then a 'Remove' button appears in the lower right corner of the window, but this 'Remove' button is grayed out and I cannot click on it.
I have explored other websites purporting to provide assistance in removing AVG Secure Search, but these other websites often seem to recommend downloading and installing various applications with which I am not familiar.
Nor does 'AVG' appear anywhere in the listing under 'Programs and Featured' under the 'Control Panel'.
I have also checked other posts here on SuperUser that mention AVG, but have not found a post that provides clear instructions on how to remove AVG Secure Search.
Thank you for any advice. If I locate a way to remove this search engine myself, I will post the solution here.
(I am using the AVG-antivirus tag, although as far as I know I do not have AVG antivirus software on my computer. At least, I never knowingly installed it to the best of my recollection.)