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Windows 7: Suggested Sites

06 May 2010   #1

 
Suggested Sites

No matter how often I say "No" to "Suggested sites" in IE 8 (Windows 7) it keeps coming back and hogging my taskbar. Is there a way I can shoot this thing so it stays dead?


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06 May 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Edsaid View Post
No matter how often I say "No" to "Suggested sites" in IE 8 (Windows 7) it keeps coming back and hogging my taskbar. Is there a way I can shoot this thing so it stays dead?
Hello !! Welcome to SF !!

I guess the IE is messed up resulting this behaviour. The best thing to do would be to reset IE to default settings then try to turn off suggested sites might fix it.

Tools | Internet Options | Advance | Reset

Hope this helps,
Captain
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07 May 2010   #3

 

Thanks for the welcome, Cap'n. I'll let you know how it goes.

Ed
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07 May 2010   #4

 
Suggested sites

Hi, Cap'n.

Afraid your idea did not work. I don't want to uninstall/reinstall as this almost always adds problems further down the road.

Do you know of anywhere else I can get advice, if you can't think of any other solution?

Regards,

Ed
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07 May 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

To turn off Suggested Sites:
  1. In Internet Explorer, click the Tools button.
  2. Click Suggested Sites to clear the check mark and turn Suggested Sites off.
  3. Note: Turning off Suggested Sites does not clear your history and does not turn off automatic updates for feeds and Web Slices.
Internet Explorer 8: Privacy Policy

** click the 'tools' on upper right side of screen
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2010   #6

 

Hi, Jacee.

Done all that but it just keeps on coming back. I have just relaunched IE8 and the welcome dialogue box gives the option for suggested site. I've enabled 'No' so hopefully tht willdo it. I'll let you know.

Best wishes,

Ed
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10 May 2010   #7

 

A last note, everyone....

I eventually deleted the registry key, rebooted and when it was replaced (it was shorter) I disabled Suggested Sites again. That was over 24 hours ago and it has not come back. Maybe I've cracked it after all.

Thanks for all the input.

Ed
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10 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Edsaid View Post
A last note, everyone....

I eventually deleted the registry key, rebooted and when it was replaced (it was shorter) I disabled Suggested Sites again. That was over 24 hours ago and it has not come back. Maybe I've cracked it after all.

Thanks for all the input.

Ed
One other thing to check is that MANY ISPs also provide suggested sites through their DNS. You can by-pass this by using other DNS servers (like OpenDNS) or by logging into your ISPs account and telling it NOT to use suggested sites. I have seen this many many times especially with Comcast Cable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2010   #9

 

Thanks for the info. I did check with Bt (British Telecom), my ISP, and they make no alterations to a user's browser unless requested, such as their Toolbar and Favourites bar - neither of which I use.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Edsaid View Post
Thanks for the info. I did check with Bt (British Telecom), my ISP, and they make no alterations to a user's browser unless requested, such as their Toolbar and Favourites bar - neither of which I use.
That is great news!

Cheers
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