Before undertaking radical surgery (= registry alterations??)I thought I would try all the easy and obvious alternatives first:
Avast full system scan - nowt
Avast boot scan - nowt
Malwarebytes - nowt
SuperAntiSpyware - positive threats (unrecognised) - removed
Sophos Anti Root Kit - positive threats (unrecognised) - removed
Spybot Search and Destroy - identified Babylon Search Bar - removed
Result: In IE 8, which defaults to a blank page on opening, the s**ing Babylon page STILL opens up when I open a new tab.
Next step will be your OTL approach after all!
- The Babylon people must be pretty competent to have got their file so deeply embedded
- For all I know the Babylon page might perform a useful function, but I would prefer to be the one to decide if and when to call it up.
- Does not CNET guarantee to be free from spyware? [This was the first such incident that I have experienced in many downloads - identifiable as such and presumably avoidable - but one is one too many]