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How to get rid of MS Internet Explorer?
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Jan 20, 2005

I use Win2000 and would like to remove IE6 completely from my system. But when I select IE6 in "change or remove apllication", I have only the choice of repair or restore, no removing possible.
Is there a utility that does the job. I use Firefox, but sometimes IE gets started automatically, because it is there.
Thanks for help!


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Piotr Sawiec  Identity Verified
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probably impossible Jan 20, 2005

I am not quite sure, but IE is an inherent part of the operating system and is necessary for many applications to work, even when you set Firefox (which I use too, an excellent browser) as your default browser. So I am afraid that removing IE is not possible.

Regards

Piotr


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi Jan 20, 2005

It was for sure possible for Win98, though a third party program was needed. I myself used it to remove IE completely and was quite happy without it. Unfortunately, I have no information concerning later Windows versions.

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Astro Jaroslaw Rutkowski  Identity Verified
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I also use both with Win98 Jan 20, 2005

But what I did I made Firefox my default browser in the Firefox options and left the "defualt browser box" blank under my IE browser options. So, Firefox opens by default and my IE never opens by default, fortunately.

Jaroslaw


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xxxpucoug  Identity Verified
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It is possible Jan 20, 2005

It is possible to uninstall IE. Please follow this link:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/293907/EN-US/

HTH


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Google: remove internet explorer Jan 20, 2005

If you type that up, there is a host of solutions offered by a host of people - from MS itself to all kinds of strange magicians.

I am afraid it will require much eperimentation and trial and error.

For starters try removing all file asociations with IE, all toolbars etc. Make it as unobtrusive as possible.

One thing I don't understand is how or rather when does IE "start automatically". The only time it opens up for me when I am not surfing is when I open an HTML file saved on my disk.

HTH
Pawel Skalinski

ps. Pucoug - please read carefully: "This article describes how to uninstall Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6.0 and return to your previous version of Internet Explorer."

So you are only reducing the evil, but have not succeeded in exorcising it completely...

[Edited at 2005-01-20 15:59]


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Please pay attention Jan 20, 2005

As far as I know, without IE you will no longer be able to download MS updates and do your telebanking.

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Piotr Sawiec  Identity Verified
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not necessarily Jan 20, 2005

Christel Zipfel wrote:

As far as I know, without IE you will no longer be able to download MS updates and do your telebanking.



As for updates that is rather correct, especially that updating via browser requires ActiveX that are not supported by Firefox. As for telebanking, everything depends on the bank you use. In most cases it should cause no problems, but in my bank I had to install manually the plug-in responsible for signing the key.

Piotr


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Konstantin Kisin  Identity Verified
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I wouldn't do that... Jan 20, 2005

I also use Firefox but there are still a large number of websites that don't support it (banks, streaming media etc). Of course, plug-ins and extensions are being written all the time, but i still have to use IE from time to time.

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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Agree Jan 20, 2005

Konstantin Kisin wrote:
I also use Firefox but there are still a large number of websites that don't support it (banks, streaming media etc). Of course, plug-ins and extensions are being written all the time, but i still have to use IE from time to time.


I use Opera which may be set to declare herself as IE, but this does not help. At many Polish sites, for example, I have to use IE as many functions simply do not work in other browsers, the text looks garbled, etc. The webmasters do not worry about the users who have browsers other than IE.


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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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do not uninstall MS Internet Explorer Jan 25, 2005

Piotr Sawiec wrote:
I am not quite sure, but IE is an inherent part of the operating system and is necessary for many applications to work, even when you set Firefox (which I use too, an excellent browser) as your default browser. So I am afraid that removing IE is not possible.


As Piotr said above, IE is part of the Operating system (OS). It is in fact what makes your desktop display. You can see this by opening the running process dialog in Windows and iexplorer is running even if you haven't opened a browser.
This was the big issue with the lawsuit against Microsoft about 5-7 years ago because it is "necessary" to have IE installed to run Windows.
If you remove it, you risk having all kinds of problems.
However, this does not require you to use IE. You can install another type of browser and use it. I have several types of browsers because of Java compatibility issues encountered from time to time.

Jeff
http://www.geocities.com/jeffallenpubs/


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Frank (Wei-fang) Luo
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Not worth the effort Jan 31, 2005

It may be possible to remove IE completely, but if it exists it is well out of the reach of the average Windows user.

IE is very tightly integrated into Windows, sharing a number of its primary components with Windows Explorer, which is the backbone of the Windows system. Microsoft does not give users the option to uninstall IE, and the attempt to simply delete its folders will cause your system to act erratically and/or inoperable.

This integration is a big part of the reason that so many vulnerabilities exist in Windows -- since they are so tightly knit, if a virus or worm can get into IE, it get into Windows.

Better to suck it up and set the security level for IE to high, and leave it alone, and use Firefox for your surfing needs.


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