Here's My situation, Every time I start IE8 an alert box comes up saying:
A program on your computer has corrupted your default search provider setting for Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer has reset this setting to your original search provider. Bing (www.bing.com)
Internet Explorer will now open Search Settings, where you can change this setting or install more search providers.
The Search Settings window will not allow me to make any changes to the bing settings, which would not be a problem since practically the only time I use IE is for web page testing purposes (I'm usually using Opera or FF). But Every time I start up IE I get the alert and have to close two windows before I can use the browser. Even a registry hack to hide the search bar does not keep the alert from popping up.
I had installed WOT and McAfee Site Advisor plug-ins, perhaps one or both of these had a hand in the current situation (Opera and FF haven't complained though). I used to set Google as my default search provider.
It's becoming a great annoyance to me and I wondered if anyone knows a way to fix this. I would just like to remove the bing search completely.