Disabling Search Engines in IE

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review and disable search engines in IE (Internet Explorer).

The second group of IE (Internet Explorer) add-ons is called "Search Engines". You should review them too.

1. Run IE and click "Tools > Manage add-ons" menu.

2. Click the "Search Providers" icon on the left. You will see a list of search engines currently used in IE.

For example, I have the following search engines in my IE:

Name         Status    Listing Order
----         ------    -------------
Google       Default   1
Ask Search             2
Bing                   3

3. Select "Bing" and click "Set as default".

4. Select "Google" and click "Remove".

5. Select "Ask Search" and click "Remove".

6. Review and change other options as suggested below:

[x] Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search 
   provider.
[ ] Search in the address bar

7. Click "Close" to save changes.

The picture below shows some search engines in IE:
Disable Search Engines in IE

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Up To Date

 Home Page and History Options for IE

 Deleting History Files in IE

 Setting Security Level to Medium-High in IE

 Setting Privacy Level to Medium High in IE

 Disabling Form Auto-Completion in IE

 Disabling Extension Add-Ons in IE

Disabling Search Engines in IE

 Disabling Accelerators in IE

 Adding Tracking Protection List in IE

 Building Tracking Protection List in IE

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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