Stop Programs From Changing The IE9 Default Search Engine
Written by Alan Monday, 28 March 2011 08:00
One of the biggest headaches users face is web sites and programs that covertly change things like home pages and default search engines. It’s not only a hassle, but can also lead to spam, malware, and even fishing attacks. The programs that do this are not shady apps either – think Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Essentials. Fortunately there is a way to stop your Internet Explorer 9 from changing your default search engine.
1. Open IE and click the cog (Tools) icon at the top right.
2. Select Manage Add Ons.
3. Click Search Providers in the left pane.
4. Highlight your preferred search engine and, near the bottom of the screen, put a check in the box next to Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider.
So now those pesky applications that you think you can trust can no longer just hijack your web browser. This is a really cool feature of IE9 and shows that Microsoft is finally starting to pay a bit of attention to these sorts of things.