# Uninstalling Internet Explorer

1. Mar 21, 2004

### ahrkron

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Does anyone know if there is a way to get rid of IE in Windows XP? I'm just all fed up with the pop up ads.

I installed Mozilla and it rarely pops up any ad windows. I'm very happy with it. However, Microsoft IE still gets activated somehow (even whithout it being used to display any website) and brings up ads anyway. I tried simply deleting a file from "Program Files", but XP notices and brings it back!! (am I cursed or something? )

Or, if anyone knows how to edit the registry to get rid of whatever is bringing up this ads, that'd be as good.

2. Mar 21, 2004

I think it can be done. I had a similar problem with Media Player 9 (hate it), and I ended up having to execute some kind of command line .dll in order to get rid of it.

Your best bet is probably to google for something like that. I'd do a little looking myself, but I'm already busy trying to fix my brother's computer. It used to have two operating systems, and now it somehow has zero!

Edit: Make that from two hard drives and two operating systems to one hard drive and zero operating systems.

Last edited: Mar 21, 2004
3. Mar 21, 2004

### dduardo

Staff Emeritus
You can't remove internet explorer. Your file manager is dependent on it.

4. Mar 21, 2004

5. Mar 21, 2004

### ahrkron

Staff Emeritus

Is there other way to inhibit the ads? I'm thinking of reinstalling windows, so that there is no remnant of any program that activates them. I'm even considering formatting the hard drive. Is there an easier way? Is this even worth the try? I've heard people saying that it is "healthy" to reinstall windows once in a while.

6. Mar 21, 2004

### Greg Bernhardt

I reinstall a clean ghost image I have of XP almost monthly. ahrkron I thought you used linux? mozilla firefox is an awesome browser, I don't see why IE opens, sure you have firefox as the default browser? What kind of ads are you talking about? Maybe you have some spyware and need to download spybot.

7. Mar 21, 2004

### ahrkron

Staff Emeritus
I have linux in my "main" machine, but XP at home. How did you prepare the ghost image of XP? What does it overwrite when you reinstall it?

I have Mozilla as my default browser in XP. I'll take a look at spybot.

8. Mar 21, 2004

### Nereid

Staff Emeritus
Be prepared for some, shall we say, 'interesting' results from the first time you run spybot; best that you're sitting down

9. Mar 22, 2004

### ahrkron

Staff Emeritus
Wow! 505 $%&$ "bad guys" were detected. And there are over 12 thousand known ones. Ptuaj!

Is that what you meant, Nereid?

Thanks for the tip, Greg! I should have installed something like this long ago.

10. Mar 22, 2004

### Nereid

Staff Emeritus
That's way more than what Spybot found on my PC ahrkron. However, two things I was shocked by were a) where did all these come from?? and b) four instances of a security hole in IE (or was it XP?) - and here's me diligently installing every Windows patch as soon as they're announced!

11. Mar 23, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Not to be condescending, but I rarely get spyware: you must learn how to avoid it. Some tips:

-Never hit "yes," "no," "cancel," etc. in a popup: its a trick. Close every popup with the "X" in the upper right corner or right click it in your taskbar and click "close."

-Never allow software to be installed on your computer by a website unless you are absolutely certain of what it is.

-Be very careful installing shareware/freeware software. Much of it today is ad-supported. READ THE FINE PRINT.

12. Mar 23, 2004

### Mr. Robin Parsons

where do you get spybot? this machine I am on I know is infected go one called sysupd.exe that is, so far, unremovable, even re-installs itself into the run line, in the registry, seconds after I delete it...Oye! they go after this computer.....

13. Mar 24, 2004

### Greg Bernhardt

oh and great tips russ, I basicly live by them

14. Mar 24, 2004

### Mr. Robin Parsons

Hey Spybot! Coool

Thanks! if I can get the time I'll put the "download permission key" back in place, and try it out.....

15. Mar 25, 2004

### JohnDubYa

Keep IE around. Yeah, it sucks. But there will be the occassional Web page that only works with IE.