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    LANGALIST By Fred Langa The answer is yes, no, and maybe, depending on exactly what you’re trying to do and what risks you’re willing to take. You’ll
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    • #2396413

      It is more than a little annoying that even though I have configured Firefox to be my default browser clicking on links for information (e.g., in Settings) will bring up Edge instead of my browser of choice.

      Will “neutering” Edge stop this intrusive behavior?

      • #2396423

        I use Chrome as default bowser. Never seen Edge open links.

        Try EdgeDeflector

        • #2396424

          If only I was as lucky!

          • #2396448

            I have Firefox as my default browser, and when I click on links in Settings, they’re always opened in Firefox (whether or not Firefox is actually open at the time), not Edge, so it’s obviously possible to avoid the intrusive behaviour you mentioned, somehow

            All I’ve done (that I can recall) is to set Firefox as the default browser in Apps/Default Apps/Web Browser

            • #2396456

              That’s what I did also.  But Edge still opens for links in Settings.  Uggh!

            • #2396466

              I’ve just gone back and tried a few more links, and… surprise surprise, a lot of mine don‘t respect the default browser setting after all

              I guess I must have just been lucky with the first few I clicked…

            • #2396489

              I took a look at the associations between file types, protocols and apps.  There are still a few that are associated with Edge but naturally Windows 10 won’t let me change them to Firefox in the UI.  Typical MS behavior.

            • #2396506

              I’m using Edge Defelector.
              Search the Forums here for information and download  the link.
              You use it as the default protocol instead of the Edge browser in Default Apps\Protocol (link).
              Seems to work.

    • #2396441

      I’ve been using Edge as my primary browser for quite some time now. Wny?

      Functionally, I’ve not found anything it cannot do that Chrome or Firefox can (and I have both installed).

      Mainly, however, it is this: Microsoft makes money selling you software; Google makes money selling you.

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    • #2396501

      Can you fully delete the Edge browser?

      You could previous to 21H1 september cumulative udate and neutralise it’s function leaving room for less intimidating browsers.

    • #2396512

      msedgewebview2 is core part of Windows 11 new UI, it shoud not be removed

      the regular Edge Chromium browser itself can be safely removed

    • #2396611

      One more thing Edge does in Windows 10 — it’s the default way to display PDF documents. I know, that’s easy to fix, but it’s one more argument against totally removing Edge.

      Personally, I use Chrome Beta from Google, but if a link or an app calls up Edge, I don’t scream and curse — much. Firefox is a good browser for some sites in Linux, but I don’t like it for Windows.

      -- rc primak

    • #2398028

      IMHO, the Answers are Yes and Absolutely. Edge is not a good browser. We have completely removed it from ALL PCs here and we have experienced zero negative side effects that we are aware of. No Chromium based browser will ever be installed here.

      • #2398160

        Edge is not a good browser.

        No Chromium based browser will ever be installed here.

        What’s bad about Edge/Chromium?

        Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1387 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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