What exactly is Intelligent Explorer? You must be aware for your own safety.

 What exactly is Intelligent Explorer? You must be aware for your own safety.

I recently stumbled across what I mistook for an Explorer upgrade option. It turned out to be a bogus pop-up that appeared legitimate but was not. It installed a program called Intelligent Explorer on my computer. What a dreadful nightmare!

What exactly is Intelligent Explorer? You must be aware for your own safety.
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I did some web research and came across messages like this one from a BullGuard Antivirus Forum.

"PLEASE HELP!!!  I HAVE A SPYWARE, TROJAN AND HIJACKER ON MY COMPUTER.  I HAVE RUN BULLGUARD, CWSHREDDER AND AD-AWARE.  ALL HAVE PICKED UP THE VIRUSES AND SAID THAT THEY HAVE BEEN MOVED/REMOVED BUT WHEN I LOG ONTO THE INTERNET THAT DAMN INTELLIGENT EXPLORER TOOLBAR IS SHOWING"

Another message from the spywareinfo Forum reads as follows:

"Hello, I'm having problems with the Internet Explorer Toolbar - Intelligent Explorer. I can't seem to get it off my computer, and I don't want to reinstall Windows. I've tried spybot, adware, and cw shredder, but nothing works."

Intelligent Explorer appears to allow other software to be downloaded to your machine, which is where the problem arises. What's more, by downloading Intelligent Explorer, you grant them the right to install software add-ins on your computer at their leisure. Take a look at the Intelligent Explore software license (http://www.ieplugin.com/terms.html to read it all):

"You grant us the right to provide you with the Service of downloading and displaying advertising material on your computer, via 'pop-up' or other display while you use your browser, until you uninstall the Software or this agreement is otherwise terminated. You acknowledge and agree that installing the Software may automatically modify toolbars and other browser settings. By installing the Software, you agree to such changes."

IBC incorporated is a Belize-based corporation. This license is unbelievable!

One end user reported seeing highly objectionable pop-up advertisements in the form of extreme pornography generated by this software bundled with Intelligent Explorer.

This is something I have yet to break.

Intelligent Explorer is a plug-in that can generate a new home page and launch an endless loop of pop-ups. You can remove the view bar, but it will reappear when you restart Internet Explorer. I asked some friends for assistance, but no one could tell me what to do.

Here's what I did:

I purchased a copy of XoftSpy, which removed the software. It took two scans and a reboot to complete the task. This is not a commercial for this product. They advertised it as free to run, which it was, but I had to pay to actually fix anything. It cost me $40, and I'm sure there are freeware products available, but it was the end of my nightmare. Spybot, NoAdware, Spyware Eliminator, Pal Spyware Remover, and Spyware C.O.P. are some other spyware removal programs I've seen.

Beware the buyer!

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