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How do I Remove/Uninstall AVG 8.0′s LinkScanner from FireFox!

The Link Scanner is called AVG Safe Search in the Firefox/Tools/Add-Ons menu. You will undoubtedly find the the AVG safe Search add-on offers the ability for you to disable it but not uninstall it. This is not good behavior IMHO. So how do we toss AVG Safe Search from FireFox?
One of two ways
#1 save the AVG Free installation file directly to disk C:\
* open menu Start -> Run
* type:
c:\avg_free_stf_*.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch
*The installation will be started, and AVG will be installed without the LinkScanner component.

* open menu Start -> Run
* type:
* navigate to:
* find key labled:
* delete it.


Just download and run this avg-firefox-safesearch-removal.reg file.

DONE! AVG Safe Search is now gone from FireFox, and I am now happy. Hope it was useful for you.

Getting the FireFox3 XP theme in ubuntu

The default xp theme includes a nifty unified back/foward/history button that I like. If you like it and miss it there is a way to get it under linux.
Copy the clasic.jar from a windows FF3 install. It’s located in FF3 chrome folder.
Note :You might want to backup the linux originals first.
Then place it in your ‘/usr/lib/firefox-3.0/chrome/’ directiory in ubuntu. Remember to restart FireFox.

If you don’t have access to a windows box download here

Ubuntu 8.04 Vmware Server 1.0.5 install

Download these files


Next install some packages needed during the installation.

sudo apt-get install xinetd linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential gcc

Next install the VMware Server but do not configure it by running at this stage as we need to apply the “any any” patch first.

tar xzf VMware-server-1.0.5-80187.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/vmware-server-distrib
sudo ./vmware-install.p

Next apply the “any any” patch. Please note that you must rebuild the update utility before using it.

tar xzf vmware-any-any-update-116.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/vmware-any-any-update116
gcc -o update update.c
sudo ./

Go ahead and accept all the default options. (I like to put the vm-images in my home folder) Vmware should now complete the install successfully.

error help!!!
For me vmware did not start even after the installers ran without errors. So in terminal I ran:

If you get some errors like I did. Create a sim link like this.

cd /usr/lib/vmware/lib
sudo mv
sudo ln -s /lib/ /usr/lib/vmware/lib/

Ubuntu 7.10 – Sun Java 1.6.0_05 Manual Installation

Disturbed by the lack of security updates to sun java in the Ubuntu repos. I went looking for a tutorial on how to manual install it. I found jmtdstoc a fine blog for any ubuntu user to read.

Alas, the blog has no commenting so I can’t share my experience with the blogger. (maybe I’ll try email)

My experience:
I needed to add a sim link to my ~/.mozilla/plugins directory (the ~ stands for my home directory) in order to get firefox 3.0-b4 to except the update.

sudo ln -s /opt/jre1.6/plugin/i386/ns7/ ~/.mozilla/plugins

other than that everything went smooth as ice. Thanks jmtdstoc

read tutorial