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Internet Explorer Will Now Protect Your Settings

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

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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

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