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Windows 7: Internet Explorer w. DDG as start page, does not show settings link

28 Apr 2017   #1
bawldiggle

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
 
 
Internet Explorer w. DDG as start page, does not show settings link

I have tried all variations of DDG URLs as a start page in IE
https://start.duckduckgo.com/ ... converts to ... https://start.duckduckgo.com/html/
https://duckduckgo.com ... converts to ... https://duckduckgo.com/html/
https://duckduckgo.com/search.html?prefill=Search converts to the banner type search page with "Search" as the teaser/prompt in the input field/box

The IE start page is missing these components ...
settings icon
twitter icon
help icon
sales pitch under the search input field/box

Internet Explorer w. DDG as start page, does not show settings link-ie-w.-ddg.png

... AND results lists "address" URL does not reflect the search results URL

Internet Explorer w. DDG as start page, does not show settings link-ddg_wrong-results-url.png

I want to download my DDG settings from the DDG cloud, but without settings link I am stuck

During this frustrating dilemma IE is rejecting URLs like ...
VirusTotal
SevenForums.com ... this forum
Nirsoft
... all highly regarded websites ... plus others I have not retained

Internet Explorer w. DDG as start page, does not show settings link-ddg-threat.png

I have included all images because (I assume) they might be related ?

One guess is that IE is not completely rendering, to show the DDG components
Or IE is broken ? ... if so how would I fix that ?
IE has been stalling and locking up (the pc is not 2 weeks old yet)

The graphics driver in the Lenovo is dated 2013, might that be a problem ?

I would be very grateful for any help

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Win-7 PRO x64
- a new Lenovo laptop, just out-of-the-box, no third party installations (except Bitdefender IS)
I purchased the Lenovo in 2015 as retail therapy after a stroke, the Lenovo has been in its box since then




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28 Apr 2017   #2
Sky Ranch

Windows 7 Home 64-bit
 
 

Hmm, interesting. Most of those DDG links display fine on my machine using IE11.

Not sure what changes you made in IE during the two weeks you owned the PC. You can try resetting IE back to its default settings.

Might want to consider if your security software or any IE browser add-ons are causing a conflict.
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01 May 2017   #3
Callender

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

Try temporarily switching off BitDefender SSL Scanning:

What to do when Security Certificates cannot be verified/installed

You need to do that when your browser isn't actually running.

Remove DDG search plugin and close IE. Then launch IE and re-add DDG from here:

Mycroft Project: Duckduckgo Search Engine Plugins - Firefox IE Chrome

Also check system clock:

Accurate Time - "it should be accurate to less than one second" but if it's way out of sync - investigate.
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