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Windows 7: How to change default right click for highlighted text


07 Apr 2013   #1

Wiindows 7
 
 
How to change default right click for highlighted text

Often when i`m cruising around, I`ll see something thaT I want to plug into Google to search. Until recently, I would highlight the word or phrase, then right click and one of the options was `Search Google

Recently I got a virus install of about 6 useless programs. I got them un-installed finally, I cannot seem to rid myself of the right-click search defaulting to this other program.. I think its called Mixi DJ V4.

Attached is a screenshot of what it looks like.

Can you folks help?




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07 Apr 2013   #2
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

welcome to Seven Forums.
Mixi DJ V4 is a malware/virus/rogue toolbar app. In my sis are links to MalwareBytes ans SuperAntiSpyware, download both, update and run full scans, separately. Be sure to UNcheck Start Trial version for MalwareBytes.
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07 Apr 2013   #3

 

The only thing I can think of is an extension that I use called Menu Editor. If this weren't from a virus, then I'd be recommending that you reinstall the program and check to see if you can configure it from within that program. So, I think Menu Editor may be your only hope. Maybe.

The reason I said "maybe" is you might also be able to get rid of it in about:config by doing an about:config search for "mixiDJ" (it's not case-sensitive). Right-click any "mxiDJ' entries and choose Reset and then restart Firefox.
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08 Apr 2013   #4

Wiindows 7
 
 

Well, that was interesting...

Firs of all, to Britton and Two Cables, thank you very much for your fast answers to my query. Particularly on a Sunday evening!

So, what happened?

First Britton, I downloaded and installed SuperAntiSpyware and ran it. The first time I ran it, I ran it as "quick scan" and all it found was a bunch of tracking cookies. Then I re-ran it as a full scan and it found some more tracking cookies and it found a virus called PUP.CNETInstaller. I had to run it twice because I forgot to reboot after the first full scan.

Each time I ran it it found more tracking cookies, but finally the PUP virus was gone.

That is another good anti-virus tool on my desktop.

Bitton, the link on your sig for MalwareBytes is not a hot link. You may want to update that. I already had it installed and when I did a full scan it found nothing.

So, that removed the infection.

But it did not solve the right click problem.

So, then I followed Two Cables suggestions. Just to be clear for others, I entered Óbout:config`in the address bar of Firefox. Then did the suggested search and found about 8 lines with the searched string in it. All but two deleted by right clicking and hitting `reset`, but two of them did not. For them, I double clicked on the entry, it popped up in its own window, and then I deleted and that erased it.

That solved the right click problem... but only in Firefox.

Apparently IE does not have an Óbout:config` so I`m still getting the same old result in IE.

If anyone has further ideas on how to fix that I`ll be grateful.

Since I almost exclusively use Firefox, its not a big deal.

Thanks again to Britton and Two Cables.
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08 Apr 2013   #5

 

Wow. Now this is what I call great teamwork. Also, I thank you for clarifying and for explaining everything step-by-step!

All we have to do now is figure out IE so that this can finally be shoved off the back burner (it feels like it was previously on the front burner) and it'll be good to go.

I have a suspicion that maybe IE's context menu is in the Registry.
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08 Apr 2013   #6

Wiindows 7
 
 

Actually, I think I have resolved it for IE.

I noticed that when I started IE, it defaulted to a home page showing the virus search page. Once I changed that in the options for IE to my favorite Google home page that seemed to resolve the right click issue as well.

Actually, I'm not 100% certain,..... the right click issue may have been resolved by the virus scan.

In any event, everything is cool now.

So how did it happen? Well, I was visiting a torrent website and they gave me a popup, that said, "update your Flash Player'... Like a fool, I did and that allowed all this to happen. Serves me right, I guess.

An interesting sidebar, if you Google search the virus name PUP.CnetInstaller, you'll find plenty of entries talking about how CNET is bundling a virus in with their software. I doubt it. I suspect the original virus was bundled with the malware, and merely named with the CNET name. But I haven't checked it out.

What I learned was to be very careful of the sites I visit and what popups they suggest.

Thanks again Britton and Two Cables.

Peter
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08 Apr 2013   #7

 

Yeah, I don't trust anything. I've had absolutely no problems for over 10 years with this lack of trust I have. hehe

Anyway, you're welcome. I am very relieved that this irritation is over with for you.
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08 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Peter thanks for the heads up on my link, it should work now.
For IE open it, go to Tools in the menu bar and click Manage Addons. Clcik the drop down menu and select All addons and scroll to the bad search item, if it's there, and click on Disable.

Another tool is AdwCleaner, see this post, Help! Mocaflix virus For our use, in step 2 instead of clicking Delete, click Search and post the log it generates.
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08 Apr 2013   #9

Wiindows 7
 
 

Looks like I'm still getting some of the crap... its 3:30 am and I'm going to bed and will resume this tomorrow..

G'nite
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08 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I don't blame you, someone will be here tomorrow.
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