Something strange happened to me today. I used MSN Search. What's strange about that is that I didn't MEAN to use MSN Search, I wanted to use Google, but when I typed my query into the address bar in Maxthon, an MSN result page came back.
Perturbed by this, I opened up my search settings inside Maxthon to confirm that Google was still my default search query. Everything looked fine. I tried the query again - and again got an MSN result instead of a Google result.
So... after a little digging around, I ended up in IE options and found, under the "Programs" tab, a section called "Manage Add-ons". In there I found an Add-on called "SearchAssistantOC" linked to the "shdocvw.dll". When I disabled that "add-on", my default search returned to Google instead of MSN.
So now I'm left wondering... how did that "add-on" end up on my system? I don't recall upgrading or installing anything lately, except Microsoft OneNote and the "Office Update" updates.
Does anyone know much about "SearchAssistantOC" and how it ended up on my system?