At one point or another, this happens to every computer user in the world: You install Internet Explorer, find out that you don’t like it, or need it, or that its plain useless for the task you wanted to use it for and you want to uninstall Internet Explorer. So you open up the Windows Add/Remove tool, click the button to uninstall Internet Explorer… and find out that you cannot uninstall the program. In this article I will try to explain how to force uninstall Internet Explorer, that you cannot uninstall using the Windows Add/Remove tool. Before that, however, I will try to explain what happens during installation.
What you need to know to uninstall a program manually
There are several things that happen during the installation of a program.
First, of course, is the copying of files to the specified program folder (which is usually somewhere inside the Program Files folder). Also some files such as shared libraries (.dll files) can be copied into a folder inside Program Files called Common Files and some files such as drivers or shared libraries (again) are copied into the ‘WINDOWSSystem32′ and ‘WINDOWSSystem32drivers’ folders.
After that the installer makes some changes inside the windows registry. The windows registry is a unified place where all the settings for programs and for windows itself are stored. The installer can make changes inside the registry for several reasons. For example if a shared library needs to be registered. Or if certain types of files need to be associated with the program being installed, so that the user could open them (e.g. if you install Microsoft Word, then you will be able to open Microsoft Word documents). After this is done, a key is added to the windows registry in a place where the Windows Add/Remove tool looks for installed programs. During the installation all these operations are logged in a special file (e.g. setup.log), and the installation program usually puts that file inside the application’s folder along with the uninstaller. When a user tries to remove Internet Explorer through the Add/Remove tool, windows looks for the registered uninstaller inside the registry, and executes it. The uninstaller goes through the log file and undoes all the changes done during installation. That is, it deletes all the files that have been copied, all the registry keys the installer created etc.
However, if there is no log file, or if there is no record of the changes made to the registry the uninstaller might fail to uninstall Internet Explorer, and it will stay there untill it is removed by other means.
So if Internet Explorer won’t uninstall, how do you perform a force uninstall?
Well, if you know how to work with the windows registry, you probably can perform a manual force uninstall.
Before I go into detail about how to do this manually, I’d like to say that this is pretty advanced stuff, and if you’re not a power user, then perhaps you should consider using specialized software such as the Best Uninstall Tool which allows you to do this in just a few clicks.
If you are a power user, then let’s continue. First, let’s see how to remove the program from the list of installed programs. To do that you need to open the registry browser:
Some programs create new entries in the registry to store their configuration options, these entries can usually be found in the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware or in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE – look for the program name or the name of the company that made the software. Don’t delete Microsoft though – that contains Windows settings as well.
Next we have to find all the files that have been copied. Open the folder in which the uninstall program should be, and look for files which are named uninstal.log or setup.log or something similar. The list of files that have been installed is inside this file; you can open it in your notepad and find all of the files that have been copied onto your system. Delete the files and you’ll get rid of the program almost fully.
Again, I’d like to stress that if you’re new to the windows registry and all of this stuff, and if you don’t feel like experimenting with your computer, then, again, please consider using either the Best Uninstall Tool or similar software to force uninstall Internet Explorer, I do not want to be responsible for breaking your computer.
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Neither, firefox is faster.
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Are you the parent of a child or a teen who uses the internet? If you are, there is a good chance that you use Internet Explorer for your browser, as it comes standard on most computers. The good news is that if you are using Internet Explorer, which has the blue colored e icon, it is easy for you to set parental controls. These parental controls can block your child from viewing dangerous content online.
As nice as it is to hear that you can limit the websites that your child or teenager gains access to online, you may be curious as to how you can go about doing so. As it was previously stated, the process is relatively easy. Outlined below are a few steps to help get you started.
1 – Open a new Internet Explorer window. You can do this by clicking on that blue e icon that was mentioned above.
2 – Click on “Tools,” from the drop down menu bar at the top of the page.
3 – Click on “Internet Options,” and a new smaller window will appear.
4 – Click on the “Content,” tab, as this is where you are able to set the controls.
5 – Under the heading of “Content Advisor,” you will see an enable button, click on it and a new window will appear.
By following the above mentioned steps, you should get the point where you are able to enter in your preferences. You may first want to start with the ratings. Click on the “Ratings,” tab.
When using the ratings feature that is provided through Internet Explorer, you will see at least four main headings, which include language, sex, nudity, and violence. You are able to determine what can be viewed on your computer based on levels. For example, Level 1 for violence is fighting, Level 2 is killing, Level 3 is blood and gore, and so forth. Remember that you can readjust these ratings at any point in time.
If you use the internet safety rating features that are provided by Internet Explorer, it is important to know that some sites can innocently be blocked. For example, a site that simply mentions the words “violence,” or “kill,” may be blocked, even if they are not violent websites. For that reason, you may need to make some adjustments. This can easily be done by clicking on the “Approved Sites,” tab.
When you click on the “Approved Sites,” tab you are able to enter in the websites that you would like to have viewable. This feature is nice to have if your child or teenager is using a family computer, like one that you and your spouse may also use. It addition to listing approved sites, you can also list the websites that you want to never make viewable. This is ideal if you are prohibiting your child from using a social networking website, like MySpace.
Aside from adding the websites that you and other adults in your household view to the approved sites list, you can also use a password. You can create a password for your computer and the parental controls by click on the “General,” tab. Create a password that is easy for you and the rest of the adults in your household to remember, but one that is hard enough that your child or teen can’t figure out themselves. In fact, do not give your child the password. An adult in your home can use it if they ask to have a safe site unblocked.
As you can see, it is relatively easy to protect your child online with the use of internet safety tools when using Internet Explorer. The many options that you have are also nice. Since the above mentioned tools and features are free for you to use, why not at least give them a try? If you are not using Internet Explorer, but rather another browser, like FireFox, you should be able to take similar steps to block potentially harmful or dangerous content from your internet using child.
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Because your PC is not compatible with it – that’s why.
How old is your PC? Or how bad is the processor?
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My laptop keeps asking me if i want 2 install it ? I dont know how its is different ? Just info about it thanks
Why do people still bother with IE?
The pros of IE 8- some new features, a little better security (both of these improvements are compared to IE 7)
The cons – it’s slower than any other browser, less secure than any other browser, it lacks the widgets and add-ons that other browsers have, this list can go on and on.
Switch to something better:
Firefox 3.5 – http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html
Opera 10 – http://www.opera.com/
Google Chrome – http://www.google.com/chrome
All of these browsers are much better than IE 8.
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How do i update my Dell Latitude CP x laptop’s internet explorer browser?
So i got this new(used) Dell Latitude Laptop, and it has Internet Explorer 6 and Microsoft Professional 2000 software, which is obviously out of date. I thought it was actually running pretty good for about 20 mins when i got the internet connection working, but then it started running veryyy slow after i was on the following sites: Photobucket, Myspace, Mocospace, Yahoo! Mail. I figured i needed to do some updates. So i went on Microsoft.com and tried downloading Microsoft 8 & Internet Explorer 8. It didn’t work?? It keeps saying stuff like “trouble entering link library”, telling me a whole list of applications arent running. I’m so confused. Please help.
If your OS is Windows 2000 Professional, there are no more updates. Microsoft no longer supports this OS.
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How do I download Internet Explorer 8?
I use Windows Vista on my laptop and everytime I try to download it using IE7, it says “Setup cannot continue because a more recent version of Internet Explorer already exists on this computer”. I tried everything. Help would be greatly appreciated.
It’s already installed. In Internet Explorer, click on Help – About Internet Explorer and it will show which version it is.
If you want to uninstall it and go back to IE7 then go to Control Panel – Programs and Features. At the top left you will see View Installed Updates, Click on it, search in the list for Internet Explorer 8, click on it and click Uninstall. It will revert back to IE7.
In any event you will be better off by installing Mozilla Firefox. It’s better and faster than IE and you can have them both on your computer.
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