Fix: When Double-Clicking on a Folder or Drive, a Search Window Pops Up

Posted June 21, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Windows

Various issues can cause the default actions for your folders and drives to be changed. The most common occurance is that Search Companion starts when you double-click a file or folder. Spyware can do this as well. Here is the fix.


This fix requires editing your registry. You should back-up your system before you continue.

Use the following steps:

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. In the Run box, type the following: regedit
    4. Click OK.
    5. When regedit opens, go to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell

    6. Click Modify on the Edit menu.
    7. Type none in the Value data box.
    8. Click OK.
    9. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\drive\shell

    10. Click Modify on the Edit menu.
    11. Type none in the Value data box.
    12. Click OK.
    13. Close regedit.

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