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Something I never thought of doing. Would it be beneficial or detrimental if I disabled/removed Internet Explorer from the Programs and Features in the control panel.

I like to remove anything I don't need or use, just curious if I should do this or not. But ya just curious on anyone who has done this and what the results are if any!
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Why not download IE9 and use it? It's the fastest browser
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...e-10,2909.html
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IIRC it is not possible i was also pursuing this idea and i think i came to the dead end of no you cannot since IE is built into the OS
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Originally Posted by aldfig0 View Post
Why not download IE9 and use it? It's the fastest browser
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...e-10,2909.html
I've used Firefox forever and it's still my favorite browser .

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IIRC it is not possible i was also pursuing this idea and i think i came to the dead end of no you cannot since IE is built into the OS
Ya I kinda assumed that, just thinking about random things to remove or turn off.
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I've been running with IE disabled (as in, not-even-accessible disabled) on my system from day 1
No problems ever

You can disable it completely on Windows 7 (with option to re-enable if ever). You can't remove it, but you can disable it.

IE 9 is also definitely not the fastest browser.
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There's no real detriment to disabling IE in Win7, but there is no real benefit, either. I had mine disabled for a while until I ran into a webpage that would only display properly in IE. Now I keep it enabled so I can have it for that very reason.

@labbu You can disable Internet Explorer by typing "Turn Windows features on or off" in your start menu. It doesn't remove IE, it just hides all traces of it so you can re-enable it quickly if you want to.
Edited by jhaze84 - 4/6/11 at 8:10pm
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Dont a lot of applications rely on IE?
I thing Steam used to before their new role out. If you didnt have IE it wouldnt function correctly.
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Internet Explorer is a skin and script on "explorer" the GUI that windows uses. Unless you use an antivirus or other active monitoring program to block its load, it can be forced to load by just about any script you run. Plus disabling much of it reduces the system security encapsulation of other programs. I keep my IE completely updated with everything and only use firefox because you MUST use IE to go to windows update and I'd rather not wave my computer's naked lubricated little bottom around on the internet when its just another couple dozen megs and about an hour total to upgrade it from stock install. On the off chance that firefox becomes a liability... I have a fully updated working browser as backup... even if it never does actually register and Bing slaps me in the face every thirty seconds.

That's why microsoft was going crosseyed over the EU lawsuit... Europe wanted to have the option to not use the operating system included in Windows.

Surprised? They have import laws concerning fruits that don't exist and several enforceable standards for bottled water that contradict each other.
Edited by prjindigo - 4/10/11 at 4:17am
post #9 of 15
It's possible to remove IE entirely using Vlite.

I currently am using a Vlite install and it's working very well.
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Do what they said, disable it.
Don't do what I did back in... 2006 or something like that (deleting the IE files, result was not pretty).
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