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Windows 7: IE 11 keep it or get rid of it?

20 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
IE 11 keep it or get rid of it?

Not sure if I'm in the right place but here goes. I have been doing a lot of googling and reading on the merits of keeping IE 11 alive on my Windows 7 laptop if I don't use it. Because of the fact that it always seems to get attacked in it's vulnerabilities when hackers find them, I can't see the benefit of keeping it installed on Windows 7. I use Chrome and I have PaleMoon installed as a backup browser. On the other hand I was reading that the developers of IE quit really working on the security of IE once they went past IE 9 which to the Article's author was the browser to have if you were going to keep any of the Internet Explorer browsers. What does any of the powers that be think? Is it worth keeping IE11 on my Windows 7 x64 Acer laptop, or should I roll it back to IE 9 and control the Windows auto updates myself, so as not to have 11 automatically installed again? Any help in this dilemma would be greatly appreciated.

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20 Jul 2014   #2

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Leave IE alone.. keep updating as needed.. but. use your other browsers as default.. My IE only is used for my MS updates.. other than that.. I don't use it.. however.. it can be made safe if the correct settings and add ons are installed..
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20 Jul 2014   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yard Dog View Post
Leave IE alone.. keep updating as needed.. but. use your other browsers as default.. My IE only is used for my MS updates.. other than that.. I don't use it.. however.. it can be made safe if the correct settings and add ons are installed..
So you wouldn't uninstall it or roll it back? The reason I was even considering this was there was an MSXML 4 that was deemed EndofLife by Secunia and when I was going through the motions of trying to update the MSXML to version 6 I ended up getting all these wild hiccups that ended up being IE crashes in Event Viewer. For instance I clicked on the IE icon in start menu and IE just flash started. It opened and closed all at the same time. I'm sure it was because of uninstalling and deleting the MSXML 4 from the library but I can't help thinking hat if I didn't have IE, I wouldn't have to worry about it. By the way I had restore points and an Acronis backup before I started all the crud with the endo of life MSXML 4 dll's. I guess I'll just leave it alone then if no one else wants to pipe in.
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20 Jul 2014   #4

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

There will be other opinions. of course.. that one I offered is just mine .. I have no issues ..
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20 Jul 2014   #5

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

You can't actually uninstall IE anyway, you can disable it in windows features,

Windows Features - Turn On or Off

It's part of the OS, and newer versions have updated security features worth keeping it updated for even if you don't use it.

Can you post a link to the article mentioned in your first post,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by julio99
On the other hand I was reading that the developers of IE quit really working on the security of IE once they went past IE 9 which to the Article's author was the browser to have if you were going to keep any of the Internet Explorer browsers.
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20 Jul 2014   #6

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
You can't actually uninstall IE anyway, you can disable it in windows features,

Windows Features - Turn On or Off

It's part of the OS, and newer versions have updated security features worth keeping it updated for even if you don't use it.

Can you post a link to the article mentioned in your first post,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by julio99
On the other hand I was reading that the developers of IE quit really working on the security of IE once they went past IE 9 which to the Article's author was the browser to have if you were going to keep any of the Internet Explorer browsers.
I can't find the exact link that I read that going through my history but I did find one that mentioned the developers and the business of uninstalling or rolling back to 9. I know it really doesn't uninstall but for all intents and purposes it gets it buried deep where it is not affecting the security of the machine. I know that everyone has an opinion and there are a boatload of MS haters so I tend to take a lot of these articles for just what they are, opinions. I was just trying to get a feeling on what people thought of keeping IE against getting rid of it as good as Windows lets you.
How to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 | fixedByVonnie
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20 Jul 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

1. Leave I.E. alone, it's part of Windows 7.
2. You don't need any 3rd party program to update I.E. Windows 7 Updates will do that.
3. Use any browser or browsers you want to. Because I.E. is there you don't have to use it to do your internet searching.
4. I have found if you keep I.E. ON Windows Updates seem to go smoother.
5. Does your system have all the Windows 7 Updates including SP-1?
6. Everyday their is someone one the internet talking about which browser is the best or safest. It' is a constant changing thing.
7. The main browser I use is Firefox but I.E. is set as default. A browser doesn't have to be set as default to use it.

8. Who ever was the clown that posted Microsoft hasn't or don't work on security of I.E. is on some sort of weird drug or just pain misinformed.

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2962872)

Installation date: ‎7/‎8/‎2014 5:11 PM

Installation status: Successful

Update type: Important

A security issue has been identified in a Microsoft software product that could affect your system. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.

More information:
MS14-037: Security update for Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11: July 8, 2014

Help and Support:
Microsoft Support


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20 Jul 2014   #8

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
1. Leave I.E. alone, it's part of Windows 7.
2. You don't need any 3rd party program to update I.E. Windows 7 Updates will do that.
3. Use any browser or browsers you want to. Because I.E. is there you don't have to use it to do your internet searching.
4. I have found if you keep I.E. ON Windows Updates seem to go smoother.
5. Does your system have all the Windows 7 Updates including SP-1?
6. Everyday their is someone one the internet talking about which browser is the best or safest. It' is a constant changing thing.
7. The main browser I use is Firefox but I.E. is set as default. A browser doesn't have to be set as default to use it.

8. Who ever was the clown that posted Microsoft hasn't or don't work on security of I.E. is on some sort of weird drug or just pain misinformed.

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2962872)

Installation date: ‎7/‎8/‎2014 5:11 PM

Installation status: Successful

Update type: Important

A security issue has been identified in a Microsoft software product that could affect your system. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.

More information:
MS14-037: Security update for Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11: July 8, 2014

Help and Support:
Microsoft Support


Everything on my machine is up to date. I use Belarc Advisor and Secunia PSI although I am getting perturbed with the latter. As I said earlier, everyone has an opinion and the that is why I ask if I'm not sure. You can usually get fact based answers if you come to the forums. I will leave IE 11 well enough alone. I use the Chrome browser and PaleMoon on occasion. I was just concerned that if I wasn't ever using IE why did I keep it installed but you made some good points so like I said I will leave it well enough alone. Thanks.
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20 Jul 2014   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Belarc is a good program. I use it.
I use FileHippo Updater also.
I had problems with Secunia PSI.
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20 Jul 2014   #10

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Belarc is a good program. I use it.
I use FileHippo Updater also.
I had problems with Secunia PSI.
There is an issue in Secunia right now with MSXML 4 being end of life and they have hot-linked us to this MSXML 6 download, but there is like 4-5 different files to work with and I'm not about to guess which one I'm supposed to if any so I just created an ignore rule and left it till Secunia decides what they want us to do. I wrote in their forum and everyone seems to be going in circles so I have a feeling it's going to be a work in progress on that. I used FileHippo updater before but I can't remember if that has to be run in startup and exactly which programs does it update. I get a lot of programs from their site because they don't add spyware and adware to the downloads.
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