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How to Completely Remove Sparklebox Toolbar Mike McSharry
Is there an easy to run script/tool that can automatically remove the sparklebox toolbar?
And if there was a nice script that could check if the default page was their search page and revert it to plan google (but leave it alone if on some other default page) that would be very nice.
That's a lot of work
I suspect this'll soon be in high demand, so I have created a Logistix Sparklebox Remover. It comes in MSI format and is ready to deploy to your network!
- Tested on XP SP3 with IE8 installed
- Comes in MSI format
- The contents of C:\Program Files\Sparklebox will be deleted. Only the folder Sparklebox will remain
- Sparklebox Toolbar entry within Add or Remove Programs will remain. When highlighted manually you'll be prompted to remove it from the list
- The IE Add-ons will be deleted
- Google will be set as the hompage when done!
In a network environment the domain(s) should be blocked using the appropriate filtering software. Alternatively (on standalones) edit the hosts file within: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc
I'm aware there's also a FF version and I am currently looking at this. Watch this space!Code:127.0.0.1 sparklebox.co.uk 127.0.0.1 www.sparklebox.co.uk 127.0.0.1 sparklebox2.co.uk 127.0.0.1 www.sparklebox2.co.uk
Thanks Mike - could you provide a direct link please?
Here's a more direct download link
I've had a look at Firefox and so far the easiest method is to delete folders within the user profile:
You could in theory script this for multiple profiles. For everyone's reference, the Mozilla Firefox 3.5.7 Logistix is immune from having this toolbar installed in the first place.Code:C:\Documents and Settings\%USERPROFILE%\Application Data\Mozilla C:\Documents and Settings\%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla
There are methods to install extensions silently (as follows):
However there doesn't appear to be an uninstall equivalent, unless anyone knows better?Code:"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -install-global-extension filename.xpi
Also, any chance of incorporating my request to leave the home page alone if its not sparklebox?
(or failing that - making the default page a configurable parameter?)
After you've extracted the files, open the reg file: Sparklebox Remover.REG. Edit the 4th line down from Google to whatever you like. In a network environment GPOs *should* in theory overwrite the homepage.Also, any chance of incorporating my request to leave the home page alone if its not sparklebox?
For everyone's reference (I forgot to mention) if you're testing over and over on the same machine, right click the Sparklebox Remover.msi, choose Uninstall, then choose Install again otherwise it won't work as intended.
Is anyone else having trouble downloading the toolbar remover? All I get is an empty .zip file That coupled with the fact the removal instructions are blocked here as a Social Networking site means i'm a little stumped
I'm having the same problem. The zip file is empty
Same with me - I did download it sucessfully last week at another school buts its showing 0 file length today
Apologies everyone, you're all absolutely right, but I am happy to inform you it's back online now. Many thanks!
Don't you just love IT when things go wrong!
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