Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jan 2007 17:05 UTC
Internet Explorer Groklaw has an article arguing that Microsoft has not yet complied with the DOJ order that users must be able to remove Internet Explorer from Windows. "So he explained the blue and white screens of death, what a dual boot startup is, commingling code, and then tying or bundling, specifically tying Internet Explorer with the operating system. He explained how you can't use Add/Remove to get IE or Media Player off your hard drive, but that you can use SPAD, 'set program access and defaults', to choose Firefox or another browser as your default browser instead of IE. However, IE remains on your hard drive."
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Remove rights to mshtml.dll
by bthylafh on Thu 11th Jan 2007 19:12 UTC
bthylafh
Member since:
2006-09-21

What I did on a badly-spyware'd box that couldn't be reformatted for political reasons was edit security settings for mshtml.dll, iexplore.exe, and a couple other files and deny all rights to everybody but the local admin account, and that just so I could remove the ACL settings if desired.

The IE files still exist, but it's effectively gone from that machine and the spyware pop-ups are no more.

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RE: Remove rights to mshtml.dll
by stestagg on Thu 11th Jan 2007 20:06 in reply to "Remove rights to mshtml.dll"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

A different solution is to get the Sysinternals (Now part of MSDN) Autoruns tool. It allows pretty much complete control of all startup drivers, services, programs etc..

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bthylafh Member since:
2006-09-21

CCleaner does about the same thing but it didn't help. If I'd had a copy of UBCD4Win at the time I might have gotten rid of the spyware, since the stuff couldn't have run on startup and repaired itself then.

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