How to remove ICQ from “New Tab” search in Internet Explorer

How do I uninstall the ICQ “New Tab” Search from Internet Explorer 8? It’s easy to remove ICQ from your browser and there are a coupe things you can do. You’ll want to close Internet Explorer before doing this.

1) If it’s still available you can download the uninstaller and remove it using ICQs tool.  The Uninstaller can be downloaded by clicking here or the image below.

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This is what it looks like when you run the program itself.

This is what happens when you launch the program

2) This method involves editing your registry. Do this at your own risk!

Click the start button > click “run” > in the box enter text “regedit” without quotes. This will launch the registry editor.

Now you need to navigate to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs

Now right click on “tabs” to bring up the menu > then left click on “modify” > in the “edit string” window replace the text in the “value data” box with the following:

Close the registry editor, launch Internet Explorer, and you should see the original “New Tab” screen instead of the ICQ search. If you need more assistance with ICQ then I recommend checking out their knowledge base and message board.

How to remove ICQ default search in FireFox

I installed ICQ 7 the other (ICQ 7.2) and it took over my PC a little. It installed a toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer and also set itself as the default search engine. To remove it I went into my control panel, clicked on Programs and Features, removed the ICQ Toolbar. But ICQ was still the default search when I typed something in the address bar (instead of the search bar). So I searched and searched and found the solution in the ICQ forums (Too bad, as of April 3rd 2011, ICQ blogs, groups fight and forums are no longer
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To remove ICQ toolbar from FireFox

  1. Go to Tools->Addons and find the ICQ Toolbar and uninstall it.

To change the FireFox search back to normal:

  1. Open a new tab in FireFox
  2. Type about:config in the address bar
  3. Type keyword.URL to find the entry
  4. Right click on it and choose reset or click modify change that entry to to return to the normal Google search. (keyword.URL should currently show
keyword url function in firefox

keyword.url function in firefox

You can change the default search URL to anything you want instead of Google. Here’s more info about the FireFox keyword.URL