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Author Topic: What is MindSpark, how did it get onto my computer and how do I remove it?  (Read 82267 times)

syhprum

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MindSpark seems to have snuk onto my computer uninvited but it is not listed under features and programs I only noticed when I looked at configurations boot.
How can I control it I can stop it booting up but would like more control.
I have TuneUp by it is not listed there.
« Last Edit: 14/12/2011 08:50:59 by chris »

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Sounds like adware, or worse. Get the free Hijackthis ONLY FROM THE TREND WEBSITE and do a scan.

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A search of the web indicates that MindSpark appears to be a legit company...  but it is a bit ambiguous.

I'd try your add/remove programs control panel and see if it can be normally uninstalled. 
You could also look at your internet explorer addons and extensions.

If that doesn't help.  You can start with the automated spyware companies.

Adaware
www.lavasoftusa.com

Spybot
www.safer-networking.org

They both should have FREE antispyware options. 

Hijackthis
is like going after a fruit fly with a sledge hammer..  sometimes it is necessary though.

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If it's an unwanted toolbar in IE the easiest way to get rid is to do a system restore to a date before it was foisted upon you.


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Some toolbars won't show up on the "Add and Remove Programs" dialog, as they are installed as part of other applications under a different name.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5066650_remove-unwanted-toolbar.html
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Hijackthis
is like going after a fruit fly with a sledge hammer..  sometimes it is necessary though.


I had something similar going on, and Hijackthis was the only thing that was any use. I ended up blitzing the registry :D It was either that or a system restore.

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I eventualy won the battle with MindSpark, I loaded a copy of "Advanced system Care" which seems to be a real good maintaince suite of programs that got rid of it.

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MindSpark seems to have snuk onto my computer uninvited but it is not listed under features and programs I only noticed when I looked at configurations boot.
How can I control it I can stop it booting up but would like more control.
I have TuneUp by it is not listed there.
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I realise this is an old post, but Tuneup Utilities is useful for cleaning up and optimizing your PC, supplied on a "try before you buy" basis. The popup reminders can be annoying, but you might not want to uninstall it. Like any similar software you can disable it from starting each time you boot up by clicking START then type msconfig, and select the Startup tab. Uncheck the box beside the Mindspark entries (and any others you don't want to load at startup). You can then run the offending program only when YOU want to.

 

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