Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Internet Explorer Will Now Protect Your Settings

Monday, May 9th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help, Using The Internet

Internet Explorer is stepping up its game to prevent browser hijacking by adding a feature that’s already part of the Microsoft Edge browser.

Many of you have had the experience of opening your browser and finding that your homepage or default search engine has changed. This is usually because you’ve downloaded something that came with a sneaky stowaway that later hijacked your browser and your search engine.

Removing these items is a royal pain. You have to not only delete sneaky toolbars from your add-ons but also reset your default search providers and your homepage. Seriously, fixing this mess can take HOURS!

I opened up Internet Explorer on Monday and saw this pop-up.

IE stop browser switch

Internet Explorer wanted confirmation that my choices for a homepage and a search engine were what I wanted them to be. From this point forward, Internet Explorer will not allow a third-party program to change these settings. This can effectively end a lot of browser hijacking. That certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be very careful when downloading, but it’s good news.

~ Cynthia

Tags: , , , , , ,

3 Responses to “Internet Explorer Will Now Protect Your Settings”

  1. George says:

    Thank you – very helpful to know that MS is trying to help make life easier

  2. Bob M says:

    An exciting tip for me, but I don’t quite follow your ‘suggested action’. Should I click on one of the two items to confirm, or is there some automatic action on MS’ part? [What action should I take?]
    I really hate , most every morning , finding a “new desktop”.

  3. Edward Pondexter says:

    My internet explorer has been hijacked by MSN. How do I undo this.
    Please. Thanks

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive