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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 7 Questions: Windows 7 Pros & cons of disabling Internet Explorer

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    • #2076951 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I haven’t used Internet Explorer since I installed Chrome in 2014.

      The only reason I’ve not looked into disabling it before now is that I really have no way to tell what programs or system functionality could be adversely effected.

      Outbound connections for Internet Explorer have been blocked at the Windows Firewall for a couple months now with no issues.

    • #2077913 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Internet Explorer (IE) is part of Windows, and does interact with other Windows programs, even if it is not actually running at the time and is never used for browsing.  For example, the security settings in IE can affect how Outlook behaves.  See this link for more info.

      How would you disable it, anyway?

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    • #2079426 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Cannot answer your inquiry, but; have NEVER used IE at all ever on my system.  Have not ever opened it.  Have always used Mozilla FireFox and now on v72.0.1.  IE is still upon my system blocked by FireWalls, have two (2) running on my system and both are blocking IE.  Have had other browsers and will not allow them to be upon my system, they are not very secure, most are not really usable browsers IMHO!  Chrome cannot be run OFFLINE because nothing is sved to my system, everything is ‘over the internet only’ only the launcher for Chrome is upon your system, IF YOU use that browser.  By the way, have been on the web since before WWW and Windows were ever created and established on the web.

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    • #2079578 Reply

      Paul T
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      Have had other browsers and will not allow them to be upon my system, they are not very secure

      Details of the lack of security of these browsers please.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2079645 Reply

      Da Boss

      It’s possible to disable IE11, but that does leave a security gap, in that you downgrade to the previous IE version.

      See @martinbrinkmann‘s article on for further details:

      This removes Internet Explorer 11 from the Windows 7 system and replaces it with the version of the browser that was installed before it. On my system, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, that was Internet Explorer 8. You can then keep using that browser, or update to Internet Explorer 9 or 10 instead.

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      • #2085556 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        Thanks very much for the link.

        After reading the article and the comments, I’ve come to the conclusion that disabling IE11 isn’t worth the complications that may arise from doing so.

        As I said in my original post, I have IE’s outbound connection blocked with Windows Firewall and I think I’ll just leave it at that.

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    • #2082404 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Microsoft support directions on disabling/re-enabling Internet Explorer can be found here.

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    • #2082745 Reply

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      Have had other browsers and will not allow them to be upon my system, they are not very secure,

      So, You are using Firefox that just now patched a huge security hole that was abused in the wild for a long time. It maybe that by using Firefox you have already been hacked (the new patched Firefox 72.0.1 doesn’t remove the hack).

      IE is part of Windows OS and can’t be un-installed. You can just deactivate the external browser part.

      The new CrEdge, for example, will remove and replace the current Edge but will leave IE in place.

      • This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by  Alex5723.
    • #2084090 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      On Windows 10, Internet Explorer is a Windows feature and may be turned off. Whether it is wise to turn off this feature is another question.

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    • #2085499 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      There are still programs out there (yeah, I’m looking at you, Quickbooks!) that open specific other programs to accomplish a task.  Quickbooks, for example, opens IE to get to some of its help pages (they used to force Excel for spreadsheets, as well, but either they changed or I found some secret to open LibreOffice instead).

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      After disabling IE in the Windows 7 settings way back when, I tried forcibly removing the Internet Explorer directories from \Program Files and Program Files (x86) when I ran Windows 7, along with the SFC backups (otherwise they would just come right back).  I did have to restore ieproxy.dll to get things to work okay, if I recall, but otherwise, I never noticed it was gone.

      Of course, that doesn’t mean that the alternate copies of files (possibly older, less up-to-date ones) in WinSxS were not quietly being used.  That thought was what led me to abandon the practice.

      It’s better just to have an OS that does not have a browser embedded so deeply.  It was a deeply cynical ploy that MS engaged in in order to corner the browser market, and now that IE is all but dead and MS is an also-ran in the browser market, Windows users are still paying the price for Microsoft’s anticompetitive plot, in terms of legacy technical debt.

      After the eventual settlement between the US government and MS, I tried the IE blocking thing in XP, and it hardly had any effect at all.  I already had something else set as the default browser, so anything that simply called the default already pulled up Mozilla or Firefox (I do not remember which I was using at the time).  Any program that called IE directly, though, would bring it right up, as if the block was not there, and a lot of programs did do that, since IE was virtually guaranteed to be on all Windows systems, and would render everything in a known (but nonstandard) way.


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