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Windows 7: Possible to disable Default Browser, similarly to no Default Mail app?

29 Aug 2016   #1
xcr

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Possible to disable Default Browser, similarly to no Default Mail app?

(Why the title can only be 70 characters? Too short. Most normal forums allow 100 characters minimum. Where to suggest this?)

Longer title: Is it possible to disable Default Browser, similarly to there is no Default Mail app?

I want to do this for added extra security for my light virtualization setup, and just for the heck of it.


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29 Aug 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

What are you trying to stop as s browser will start on a URL Link and also HTML file and maybe other files
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11 Sep 2016   #3
xcr

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
What are you trying to stop as s browser will start on a URL Link and also HTML file and maybe other files
Sorry, I'm not 100% understand you, as I'm not a native speaker. Was it a question? Maybe, but without the question mark. Any 3rd member helping me to translate what @samuria has said, would be helpful, too!
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11 Sep 2016   #4
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi XCR,
the only way i can think of
Turn OFF IE, via progs/features.
Install another browser, then change the startup value in AdminTools>> services >> properties>> change to manual.
note uncheck new browser entries in system config >> startup.

Roy
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14 Feb 2017   #5
xcr

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

All in all, what I'd like to accomplish is, to have NO default browser. For security. Just like in Windows Server.

1.
OK. Let's see it it detail.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Hi XCR,
the only way i can think of
Turn OFF IE, via progs/features.
Control Panel > Programs and Features (I'm just taking notes for myself, whenever I get back to this post)

2.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Install another browser
Why am I supposed to install another browser when I want to have no default browser? That's a little bit puzzling.

3.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
then change the startup value in AdminTools>> services >> properties>> change to manual.
note uncheck new browser entries in system config >> startup.
Start Menu > Administrative Tools (notes for myself)

OK, I did only step 1, and now it doesn't open links in Internet Explorer, let alone any browser when I click on a link in another app. And that's what I wanted to achieve. Are then steps 2 and 3 obsolete? Thanks!
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14 Feb 2017   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Have you already tried: within the browser you use, attempt to click anything mentioning make this default browser, unclick anything that will have the browser ask you if you want to make default. If so, you might have to use Windows Club's Ultimate Windows Tweaker I or II; if all else fails, you're probably going to be hunting either for registry edit[s] or a different 3rd party utility.

I have never asked about this: does Windows 7 "force" a default browser, even if only Internet Explorer exists? I'll be watching this thread for answers.
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11 Mar 2017   #7
xcr

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Have you already tried: within the browser you use, attempt to click anything mentioning make this default browser, unclick anything that will have the browser ask you if you want to make default.
I do not have any browser registered with Windows system-wide. I use portable applications, including portable browsers.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
If so, you might have to use Windows Club's Ultimate Windows Tweaker I or II; if all else fails, you're probably going to be hunting either for registry edit[s] or a different 3rd party utility.
OK. I checked Ultimate Windows Tweaker, version 2.2 is the latest for Windows 7. I have no what it does or how does it work, it looks like a skin or alternative for the Windows System menu.

Either way, it's just a hack, whatever it does, if it does at all, Windows should do natively. And I prefer native solutions whenever possible, why rely on a 3rd party too for basic tasks?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
I have never asked about this: does Windows 7 "force" a default browser, even if only Internet Explorer exists? I'll be watching this thread for answers.
Thanks!
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