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Search bar and ads won't go away

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Search bar and ads won't go away

I had the SweetIM problems and the toolbar is gone but there is a search bar next to my tabs that won't go away and now I have ads on every website I go to. I have a picture of the search bar but I don't know how to upload it.

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Re: Search bar and ads won't go away

You can't attach a screenshot to the first post that starts a thread, but you can do that in subsequent replies.

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