Problems with search provider

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I am getting the following messages from Internet Explorer - Search Provider Default (IE9)
"A program on your comouter has corrupted your default search provider setting for Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer has reset this setting to you orginal provider, Google (www.google.com)
Internet Explorer wil now open Seacrh Setting, where you can change this setting or intall more search options."

I'm running IE9 Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 64-bit Operating System with 8 gbs RAM

This problem has just developed so I'm at a lost on how to fix it.
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Darren SharplesSystems Specialist

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Have you checked your pc for malware? (spybot for example)

Also, try to disable any add-ons to see if this has an affect.

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I'm run Malwarebytes and have not discovered anything yet
I've disabled all the addins except for the Google search

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You can try to open IE in "No Addon" mode.  Just go to Start-Programs-Accesories-system tools and click on Internet Explorer (no add-ons)
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Darren SharplesSystems Specialist

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A quick google search indicates this may be a common issue that can have a few root causes.  Have a look at the below and see if anything in there helps:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie8-windows_other/how-to-really-get-rid-of-a-program-has-corrupted/ba3d3a7a-4670-42e4-8888-0712158f15c2
Top Expert 2013

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fh_freese--What is it you want to "Fix"?  
If you want to change or add Search Providers
http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/internet-explorer/products/ie-9/tips/search-providers

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I would like the message in the problem to be resolved - right now I'm running SpyBot to see if that helps
Top Expert 2013

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fh_freese--I am sorry.  Do you mean you still are getting the same message?  Even when you change Search Providers as detailed in the link I provided?

If so, here is a possible fix.
http://www.pchell.com/support/searchprovidercorrupted.shtml
It should apply to IE9 as well.  I suggest you make a backup before making the change.

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After Spybot no changes. I thought of uninstalling IE9 but it is not listed under Program and Features
Darren SharplesSystems Specialist

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I personally never use IE.  I find it sluggish, bloated and prone to malware infection.  I would recommend Firefox

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jcimarron
tried the registry change and no changes
Top Expert 2013

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fh_freese--"I thought of uninstalling IE9 but it is not listed under Program and Features "
At the top left of the Programs and Features screen click View Installed Updates.
IE9 is at the bottom under Windows Internet Explorer.

Author

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I just found that and am in the process of uninstalling IE9. Can I reinstall IE9

Author

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Reinstalling IE9 did not solve my problem. I'm getting the same error message
"A program on your computer has corrupted your default search provider setting for Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer has reset this setting to you orginal provider, Google (www.google.com)
Internet Explorer wil now open Seacrh Setting, where you can change this setting or intall more search options."
Top Expert 2013

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fh_freese--Run an antivirus scan.  A good free one is MS Security Essentials.  
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201
Or there are lots of paid programs.
http://reviews.cnet.com/computer-software/?filter=1000036_9732600_100021_9231531_&tag=mncol;dir1

And if that does not work, run a Repair Install.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
It won't affect your installed programs or personal data, but is always good to backup first.

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Commented:
folks,
I've treid all your suggestions. Looks like my system is hosed and I'll have to reinstall everything
Top Expert 2013
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fh_freese--Have you considered my suggestion right above ( http:#a38728100 )
"And if that does not work, run a Repair Install.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
It won't affect your installed programs or personal data, but is always good to backup first. "

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Jaimarron,
Indeed I have run a virus scan and malware scan and repair install - no changes. I cannot believe that I have to wipe out my drive and reinstall. I did uninstall and reinstall IE9, yet I get the same error. Regrading add-ons the only thing enabled is google for search. I'm not giving up yet
Top Expert 2013

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fh_freese--Before reinstalling Windows make a backup of your personal data.
That should ease the pain of reinstalling a little.

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