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Windows 7: Browser won't remain as default

16 Mar 2014   #11

windows 7

I really don't understand this fixation with Delta (search toolbar etc)

Step 1:. This was the first thing that I did. There are no extraneous toolbars, Delta other otherwise, to be found under control panel/programs and features. What I'd previously found i.e. bing bar, AVG search, delta, AVG etc I'd removed as unwanted. I've further double checked that there are no leftover folder/files to be found under c:/program files or c:/program files (x86).
Step 2: Adwcleaner has been run (3 times). You have seen the reports
Step 3: IE is the only browser installed. I'd previously run JRT (one of the programs I use and in my utilities folder) This was clean.
Step 4: Malwarebytes has been run and is run regularly as I have it installed. You've seen the report. This is clean.
Step 5: HitmanPro not one of my regular malware programs but this has been run and as I expected it was clear.
Step 6: (not on your list) Spybot Search and Destroy run and clean bill of health given; no issues detected.
Step7; (not on your list) HijackThis ran. You have seen the report. Nothing appears suspicious and certainly no indication of 'Delta'

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16 Mar 2014   #12

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

It's just a process
Just for the record what is your Antivirus ?
If all else fails,
Create a new administrator account and test using it,
Replacing Internet explorer is a bit of a bugger it's much easier to create a new account and test,
Otherwise your looking a repair install to replace Internet explorer if the new admin account shows the same issue,
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16 Mar 2014   #13

windows 7

I'm running AVG free addition. Same as that used on XP partition and Windows 8.1 disc (multi-boot configuration). I'm having no problem with these. I'm coming to conclusion that I'll have to do a repair install of Windows 7 unless someone knows whereabouts in the registry i.e. what key pertains to this IE feature. I'm sure an object key is corrupt.
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16 Mar 2014   #14

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Sorry I wish I did know

Do you know which program came with delta included with it and where did you download it from ?
I think at this point if someone were looking in on the thread possibly add how exactly you removed delta to begin with besides Adwcleaner,
Which sometimes of adware can also be hidden behind a seemingly wanted program,
I'd be interested in seeing your uninstall a program list ?
Another possibility would be to download another browser use it's recommended install and it might correct the issue ?
I'd say Chrome because it does have a very aggressive install,
But please get it from Google
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16 Mar 2014   #15

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

There are quite a few registry keys that get set when you pick a default browser. I could not figure out a way to tell the OS that IE was not the default browser if no other browser was installed... so, I installed Chrome. This is what I captured when I started IE and told it to be the default browser again:

Browser won't remain as default-ie-default.png

The Process Monitor results are filtered on operations that contain the letters regset. As you can see, that includes setting security on some of the keys and (for some reason) apps set the same info to the same key multiple times. So, the 69 entries that you see does not mean that there are 69 different keys being set. But there are still quite a few to look thru.

The one that I'm showing in regedit does not seem to matter to IE - in other words, I can change that key to Chrome, then start IE and IE does not ask to be the default browser. I'm not sure which key(s) IE looks at before asking to be the default browser and a quick Google search did not help.

You could install Chrome and see if it will stay as the default browser - then set IE back as the default browser ans see if it stays. You should always have more than one browser installed in case one gets hosed.

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17 Mar 2014   #16

windows 7

Many thanks to all who have responded to my request for help. This is much appreciated. In the end I decided to perform a repair install of Windows 7.

Interesting in that the contents of the Compatibility report indicated

"The following issues are preventing Windows from upgrading. Cancel the upgrade, complete each task, and then restart the upgrade to continue.
  • Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing. "
Didn't realise I was upgrading as opposed to repairing. Obviously I had system file corruption . However on completion of repair/upgrade and subsequent update, IE now set as default status and remains as default

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17 Mar 2014   #17

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Well at least your fixed
Wondering exactly what updated though
Newer version ? ie11 possibly ?
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13 Mar 2015   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Had to reinstall IE11 to work.
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