About a month ago, I noticed that there was a program called “Internet Optimizer” on my computer which I never installed. It’s a very annoying program because it causes my internet browser (IE) to go to http://www.internet-optimizer.com/Help/NavigationError every time I misspell the address of a website. Also, even for websites that are not misspelled, it often accidentally sends me to http://www.internet-optimizer.com/Help/NavigationError instead of going to the actual website where I want to go.
As soon as I discovered the program, I tried to delete it, but my mistake was that instead of deleting it by using the control panel called “Add/Remove Programs”, I just deleted the Internet Optimizer folders from C:\Program Files and from the Start Menu Programs folder.
But then I noticed that Internet Optimizer was still running on my computer because I still often got sent to http://www.internet-optimizer.com/Help/NavigationError instead of going to the actual website where I want to go.
So then I tried to delete Internet Optimzer using the “Add/Remove Programs” Control Panel, but when I selected “Internet Optimizer”, I got a message that said something like “Internet Optimizer has already been deleted. Do you want to remove it from the list of programs in this control panel?” so I said “Yes” (which I now regret!).
This program seems to running all the time on my computer, so apparently it starts running every time I boot up my computer. I thought that every program which is run when the computer is booted is either in C:\WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or listed in the “Startup” tab of “msconfig”. But when I went to C:\WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp, Internet Optimizer isn’t there. So then I tried looking in “msconfig”, but when I went to “Startup”, I couldn’t find Internet Optimizer there, either. (Well, there are a few programs there which I’m not sure what they do, but their names don’t sound anything like “Internet Optimizer”.)
Then I tried to delete it by hitting Control Alt Delete, but it’s not there, either. (Although there are two programs listed there which I’m not sure what they are: “Khooker” and “Pctvoice”.)
The only other way I can think to delete this annoying program is to re-install it and then delete it the proper way. (Using the Add/Remove Programs control panel). But now I can’t even find any website which will let me download Internet Optimizer! When I did a Google Search, it only found a lot of irrelevant matches, including a similar program called “Web Rocket”, but that’s a completely different program. And when I go to the homepage for Internet Optimizer (www.internet-optimizer.com), there isn’t anywhere to click to install it!
So my question is: How do I get rid of a program which the computer “thinks” is already deleted?