How to Disable Internet Explorer

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Why keep Internet Explorer when you use another browser. It's just a security risk.

There's no doubt that Internet Explorer has been a prime target of attack for spyware merchants and other ill-intentioned goons. That's why many folks have turned to alternate browsers for their web surfing.

If you are using another browser and don't use Internet Explorer anymore, there's a case to be made that you should remove it from your system. It is, after all, a potential security threat so, if you don't need it, why not get rid of it?

Except, getting rid of IE is not that easy. In fact, with later versions of Windows there's no satisfactory way of removing it completely without risking crippling Windows itself.

That hasn't stopped folks from trying to remove IE, however, and you can find several techniques documented on various web sites. Instead of removing IE I favor the simple and safer approach of disabling it. Sure, it may not provide the same degree of security as complete removal but that's a small price to pay compared to the cost of potentially de-stabilizing Windows.

There are several disabling techniques but I suggest the method below as it's simple, easy to reverse and doesn't interfere with the operation of the Windows Update service. Furthermore it should work with any modern version of IE.

Step 1. From IE select Tools/Internet Options/Connections/LAN Settings.

 

Step 2. Put a tick in the check box next to "Use a Proxy Server for your LAN ...”

Step 3. Type in "0.0.0.0" in the address box and "80" in the Port box. Don't type in the quote marks of course, just what's inside them.

Step 4. Click OK.

What you've done is set up a dummy proxy server 0.0.0.0 that goes nowhere. With these setting IE cannot make an HTML connection to the internet and vice versa. You have simply and effectively disabled IE.

There's no magic in the 0.0.0.0 address, any dead proxy address would work just as well. I've used that particular address to keep things simple.

If you ever need to re-enable Internet Explorer start it up and select Tools/Internet Options/Connections/LAN Settings from the toolbar and un-check the box "Use a Proxy Server for your LAN ...”

If you really want to remove IE more completely then you can check out these resources but, as I said, I don't recommend it.

Windows 95 - Windows 2000 SR1
http://www.litepc.com/ieradicator.html
Windows 2000 and later.
http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html
 
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by johnnymags on 7. October 2013 - 18:17  (111305)

Your information to disable internet explorer worked fine but now my new browser ( Mozilla Firefox ) does not respond. How do I fix that?

Regards,
John

by LDII on 24. August 2013 - 19:55  (110306)

It is a bad news. I need to remove IE because it's hijack by Qv06 search engine and I want to reinstall the clear browser.

by MidnightCowboy on 24. August 2013 - 21:59  (110308)

See here for instructions about how to remove the Qv06 search engine. MC - Site Manager.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/protect_other-protect_s...

by Square (not verified) on 24. October 2012 - 0:10  (101255)

My internet explorer keeps poping up and I do not even use it! I do have pop-up blocker on but it doesn't help at all.

by MidnightCowboy on 24. October 2012 - 0:48  (101257)

This is being triggered because possibly you have IE set as the default browser and programs on your system are trying to connect. It could also be a sign of infection. Please post here in our forum and someone will be able to assist you directly.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

MC
Site Manager

by retired (not verified) on 22. September 2012 - 2:00  (99577)

I have IE 7 on a 6 month old Toshiba Satellite L775, explorer has stopped working, but firefox and Chrome still connect to the internet. How do get it to work??

by Laurie (not verified) on 25. June 2012 - 17:38  (95364)

I am trying to fix a problem with my flash player but it keeps telling me that internet explorer is still running even though I never opened it to begin with. I can't figure out where it is running from.... I tried doing this disable of internet explorer but I am still getting the same message, even after a re-start. Can someone help me?

by MidnightCowboy on 25. June 2012 - 18:18  (95365)

Sorry but we cannot provide individual support here in the comments. Please post details of your issue here in our forum:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

by Daisy on 21. June 2012 - 8:11  (95183)

I was very pleased for having been able to disable Internet Explorer. but now I am getting these errors 8e5e0147 and 80072edf when I try to update my windows vista software! Can you please help me asp as my PC it's not working properly for having 35 pending updates already!!! Thank you.

by Anupam on 21. June 2012 - 8:57  (95184)

I think that Windows updates require IE to be enabled. It's because the internet settings are picked up from there I believe. It's no harm in enabling IE. Just don't use it if you have a pretty old version like IE6.

by idaman (not verified) on 8. December 2011 - 0:18  (84612)

unfortunately, whenever i applied the tip/tweaks firefox unable to play my favorite radio streaming, then i had to revert back the setting, and my online radio come back again on firefox. I had turn IE off / disable via 'turn on and off windows features' in control panel (windows 7 starter), as for now doesn't affect my browsing and other W7's application.

by nishant garg (not verified) on 1. September 2011 - 10:56  (78798)

i want to know...
if i did't find the connection option in my internet option..because it has to be some setting to disable the connection option from the internet..
how can i get this option back..

by manjunatha.t (not verified) on 9. September 2011 - 4:33  (79259)

one problem is there , one system is internet option not open , i click the internet explorer, that system showing the this both %some setting are managed by your system administrator,,,,how to solve the problem please i want this problem solve steps.

by matea (not verified) on 31. August 2011 - 6:38  (78725)

is there a way to disable internet explorer without disabling the anti virus update??/

by gary lee ratchford (not verified) on 8. November 2011 - 12:27  (82907)

Is there a way to disable internet explorer without disabling anti virus ? It is telling me the disconnect might be a part of group policy with sysytem administrator.???

by Lucky24 on 26. August 2011 - 1:14  (78365)

Can i some how reduce memory usage of IE???

by Nefertiti2013 (not verified) on 5. August 2011 - 4:57  (76948)

when I turned the ie connection off the other browser's connection turned off too!! what can I do??

by wanda G (not verified) on 30. November 2011 - 22:34  (84193)

SAME THING happened to ME... RUNNING windows 7 and I REALLY want IE gone period but tried the method of the fake proxy then tried to go into firefox and google and couldn't get on NO CONNECTION so went to FF connection unchecked the FAKE proxy and could get on...
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaa i so want IE gone of my PC but afraid it will mess up.. SICK OF all the space it takes EVEN THOUGH I HAVENT used IE in 6 months when i do a scan for JUNK there IE also collecting everything i have done on the other 2 browsers... WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaa

by Kenji (not verified) on 15. August 2011 - 14:31  (77687)

i ran into this problem as well. but if your using Firefox, follow these steps:

-click on Tools then down to Options
-click on the Advance tab then the Network tab
-under the connection back it'll say "choose how Firefox connects to the internet". in that same box theres a box that says "Settings". click on it.
-under settings select the circle that says "Auto-detect proxy settings for network."

boom. your done. no more pop up windows from IE. ugh...

by HMatsu (not verified) on 6. July 2011 - 23:05  (74892)

I did this and it worked but it connected the proxy to the internet browser I do use as well. Anyway of stopping that?

by caloyloi (not verified) on 24. June 2011 - 9:32  (74278)

tnx alot man.... you saved my life from the horrors of ie.

by regileif (not verified) on 1. June 2011 - 12:35  (73029)

thanks a lot! this saved me from the damn problem of IE.

by Arif (not verified) on 11. May 2011 - 20:43  (71785)

thanks....

by kerry (not verified) on 8. May 2011 - 16:49  (71633)

thanks i been looking for somthing loke this
with the way the law is clamping down on porn i am allways afrade somone at my end will use my computer when im out. but i do suggest a key loger or somthing that will show who used your computer.

be carfull with this. one guy i seen in a story in the news got 20 years. how.. by downloading girls. and not knowing child porn was included.. so a good computer and net lockdown is the primary thing now

by Teo on 11. March 2011 - 7:38  (67772)

I’m not sure it is a good idea to remove IE completely. Not to use it is ok, but not to remove. There are a lot of resources that are developed for IE only or for IE as a primary browser. While IE is sleeping and untouched there is almost no any risk on its security holes. However, once you’ll need it you need to remember how to enable it again. IE was initially developed as a part of OS and it still remains almost the same. So to tell the truth – if we need to get ride from IE we better get rid from Windows. Otherwise it seems that more safe and reasonable way is not to use IE but not to try to take a bit of it from OS.

by moxy (not verified) on 2. May 2011 - 3:43  (71272)

this all makes a good case for going to Linux ... ubuntu 1104 is now released, and costs nothing but willingness

by Don886 (not verified) on 10. March 2011 - 18:53  (67755)

I want to disable Internet Explorer as it appears to be infected. By trying this , My Firefox browser is also disabled, so I have no internet access. Is there another way to disable IE ?

thanks

by MidnightCowboy on 10. March 2011 - 20:24  (67760)

Disabling IE is unlikely to rid your computer of infection if indeed this is the case. Also, if you do have a malware infection it's likely to compromise other browsers and system components too, depending on what type it is.

As a first step, I would suggest following this guide.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/someones-removal-guide.htm

by georgeiboy (not verified) on 17. February 2011 - 17:20  (66617)

In windows 7,IE persistantly is blocking a download from a site i know is perfectly ok on the grounds of "protecting my security" and offers noway of allowing the download. Whats the best way round this? Clicking on the message does not offer a solution.Is disabling IE the only way? Help appreciated

by Anupam on 17. February 2011 - 18:52  (66624)

Try on a different browser, if you have one installed?

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