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What part of the system puts folders and bookmarks into my 'favorites' menu. Each time I restart the puter they appear......the folder 'links' is a good example also I've seen some situations where something....a program perhaps etc puts unwanted urls into the favorites menu...
I"d like to know how to prevent and remove these....I'm a pretty competant user but simply have not been able to track this one down.   I've looked thru the registry but to no avail ....yet......Your help will be appreciated ......thanks in advance........hmm.......just noticed after removing the 'link' folder in my favorites menu it's back already adn I've not restarted the puter just running IE seems to do it......btw....I"ve got IE6.0 now but have seen this on earlier versions too
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LINKS is a default IE6 thing.  You can view it as a toolbar.  My toolbars are Menu, standard, links, address.
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remove them by right clicking and choose delete
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Good answer, stevenlewis.  Why doesn't MS tell you that?
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don't know slink, they like to keep some things from us LOL
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don't know slink, they like to keep some things from us LOL, and please, call me Steve (less typing)
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HEY If you remove them by right clik and delete they just come back........jeez......I'm as I said a pretty experienced user......if it was that simple I surely wouldn't have bothered to put a question here about it......and I may say.....the "links' folder is a default IE thing seems to happen with 5.5 as well......the url you posted helps .....but as for using 'hidden ' attrib's well that's only going to work if I have my system set to 'hide files/folders of certain types'.....etc....and I like to see ALL the files and folders so.........
also it's not just the links folder that is annoying its others put there by various ......well I dunno....cookies ?....programs...?.........how do I find and remove th source of these annoyances ?
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from the link
"Using the Registry
Open your registry and find the key below.

Set the value of "LinksFolderName" to equal a blank string. Open IE and delete the Links folder from the Favorites menu.

The next time you start Internet Explorer the Links folder will not be recreated
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HEY If you remove them by right clik and delete they just come back........jeez......I'm as I said a
pretty experienced user......if it was that simple I surely wouldn't have bothered to put a question
here about it......
I consider this a fairly rude response
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stevenlewis 1, drcspy 0
I believe an apology would make the score even again.
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You're undoubtably right it was a rude response
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Where do we stand with this issue now? have you removed the links folder?
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Well I'm on my g/f's puter just now it's running IE5.5 and I've tried that fix here but it didn't work........the reg key shows "" for the links folder name but the links folder has reappeared...........        :-(
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Well drcspy, I just did it on mine (IE6.0) and it worked, the links folder is gone
after changing the link string to blank
delete the links folder out of favorites (right click, and choose delete) reboot and it is gone
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Somewhat off-topic, but important.

****************************** ALERT********************************
WindowsUpdate - Critical Update alert March 28, 2002 from Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/ms02-015.asp
Synopsis:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-015  
28 March 2002 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer
Originally posted: March 28, 2002
Summary
Who should read this bulletin: Customers using Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Impact of vulnerability: Two vulnerabilities, the most serious of which would allow script to run in the Local Computer Zone.
Maximum Severity Rating: Critical
Recommendation: Consumers using the affected version of IE should install the patch immediately.
Affected Software:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

Thought you'd appreciate knowing this.
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Thanks astaec.....

NOthing so far has managed to stop the 'links' folder from appearing in my favorites menu......
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Hi, drcspy.  That is really quite odd, indeed.

I have Windows 98 Second Edition on this system, as well as IE6.  I had Links set up as a Toolbar as well as having it listed in my Favorites.  I just right-clicked the LINKS entry in my favorites list and chose delete.  The links under favorites is now gone.  Unfortunately, so is the LINKS Toolbar I used to have with all my excellent and needed Links there.  So, off to try and get them back.  At any rate, it totally worked here to clear the links item from my favorites.

The real mystery for me now is why the LINKS option is still seleted, but no longer appears.  Next time I'll be testing things on a less important system.

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I now recreated my Links Toolbar, and see that Links is back in Favorites, after resorting it alphabetically by name.  This tells me the two options are inseparable.
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I know that the last post on this was back in April, but I do not see a post that resolved the issue completely. I have a possible fix, I am running XP with IE6 but had the same problem in 2000 Pro with IE6 as well. I was able to get the links folder to stop appearing by right clicking it and renaming it first before deleting it. I renamed it to crap, closed and reopened the browser, then deleted it from the favorites menu. From that point on it has not reappeared. Hope this is of help.
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lol i'll try it
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