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Windows 7: Prevent IE 11 from being called by programs

23 Oct 2014   #1
LilBro

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Prevent IE 11 from being called by programs

I will not use internet explorer because, in my opinion, it's buggy, non-standards complaints, easily hacked, and just plain ugly. On my desktop computer, if I click on a link within a program for its help or support site, Firefox, my default browser, opens the page. On my laptop, which has the same set up, internet explorer opens. If I disable internet explorer the link goes dead. Is there a way to have on Firefox (or Opera, or Chrome) open these pages?


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24 Oct 2014   #2
gregrocker

 

Control Panel>Default Programs>Firefox (or other)>Set as Default.

Make sure you don't have Bingware installed from Windows Update. Hide it if offered.

It should also ask you when you install it.

Internet Explorer can even be turned off in Control Panel>Programs and Features>Turn on or off Features.
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24 Oct 2014   #3
LilBro

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Prevent programs from using IE

I made the changes in Set Default Programs. Now Outlook is giving me an "Access Denied" error. I thought Microsoft signed a consent decree precluding their programs from being defaults, or some thing like that.
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24 Oct 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

What Outlook are you trying to use? Installed or web?

https://support.office.com/en-us/art...f-2623ab3aeed8

Can we see a picture of the error and what you're trying to do? Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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24 Oct 2014   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Internet Explorer - block permanently

I'll just mention that it's possible to block IE (or any other process) permanently using registry settings.

Software needed to configure registry:

How to block applications and toolbar installers

Softpedia download link provides the software without needing to register.

IE is one of the default programs that you can block. If you ever need to run it you'd need to right click your IE shortcut and choose "Run as administrator" to get around the block.

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Note: See the advice given in the following posts. Blocking IE will mean that you need to use a different email client as it seems very likely that Outlook will not work with IE blocked.


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24 Oct 2014   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Office outlook will only use Internet explorer as far as I know

Edit,
Without some type of browser plugin available by the browser of choice.
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24 Oct 2014   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Well I was going to say that my work computer opens outlook email links in Firefox! I don't have outlook on my home based machine.
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24 Oct 2014   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep I wouldn't bother trying you would need another email program and it would open not Office outlook
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25 Oct 2014   #10
LilBro

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I just opened Office 2007 Outlook on my desktop and selected a link from within a message. It went straight to Firefox. I'll have to get back to ou on the screen shots. I'm using my desktop with ignores IE.
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