Prevent Programs From Changing Default Search Engine Provider In IE9

Internet Explorer 9 is changing our ideas about Microsoft’s capabilities when it comes to developing browsers. For those who are not yet aware of the Beauty of the Web, refer to this article to download IE 9 and give it a try. IE 9 has a two in one address cum search bar that is a part of it’s compact design. Bing is the default search engine in IE 9, but you add other search providers or  change this default search to Google, yahoo, or anything else.

Once you have set a default search engine in your browser, it should remain as it is, right ? However, many free applications available today for Windows 7 try to change the default search provider of web browser during installation. You will have to manually change the default search engine of your browser to get back your previous one. Yahoo Messenger (changes default search engine to Yahoo) or Windows Live Essentials (changes default search to Bing), are just examples of such programs. It can be frustrating when a program changes your default search provider, especially if the provider is changed without your permission. But it’s also preventable.

Following is a  guide about how to prevent or stop programs from changing your default search engine in  Internet Explorer 9.

1, Open Internet Explorer 9

2, Click the Tools button, and then click Manage Add-ons option. (Found on the top right corner of the window).

Manage Add-ons in Ie9

3, In Manage Add-ons, under Add-on types, click Search Providers.

Default Search Engine In IE9

4, Toward the bottom of the screen, select the Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider check box, and then click Close.

You are done! Now your default search engine in IE9 (& IE8) can’t be changed by any program.

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