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Chapter 7. Im Annoyances > YAHOO! MESSENGER

YAHOO! MESSENGER

CLEAN OUT THE YAHOO! MESSENGER JUNK

The Annoyance:

Surprise! When I downloaded Yahoo! Messenger, I didn't just install an instant messaging program. I also downloaded all kinds of add-ins, buttons, bookmarks and more—things like an annoying Yahoo! Companion Internet Explorer toolbar that shows up constantly, even after you shut it down. Not only that, but without telling you, Yahoo! sets your default Internet search site to Yahoo!, and it adds a set of bookmarks to Internet Explorer as well. How can I exorcise this junk?

The Fix:

It'll take some work, but it's doable. First open the Add or Remove Programs control panel, then scroll down and locate Yahoo! Companion, Yahoo! Customizations, Yahoo! Internet Mail, and Yahoo! Messenger Explorer Bar. Leave Yahoo! Messenger alone. Select the other items in turn and click the Change/Remove button.


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