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OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

[IE] Registry Key

Does anyone know where the registry key is to set IE9 as the default browser?

Regardless of what I do, it will not remain set as the default.

Thanks in advance.

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rfhar
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Look at the options page in any other browser you may have and make sure that it isn't set to check and see if that browser is the default browser on startup.


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

Until this morning, I did not have any other browsers. One of the reasons I installed Firefox is the ongoing IE9 errors.

Sorry - short answer is no, no other browser is set as default.

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plencnerb
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Click for full size
As far as the reg keys, I found this

Machine Default Key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\http\shell\open\command

User Specific key
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command

The picture above shows the HKLM Key, showing what it would look like for IE 9 32 bit. If you set the same command for the user specific key, it should work.

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OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK
reply to plencnerb

Re: [IE] Registry Key

So is that where the "check box" in Internet Options is stored?

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plencnerb
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When you check the box in IE to indicate that you want to use IE as the default browser, the User Specific Key is suppose to be updated to point to the location of Internet Explorer. If you were in another browser and did the same thing, it would have the path to that browser listed.

I have not tested this to see if it does do what I read it should do if I change default browsers (I actually have 3 installed: IE, Waterfox, and Palemoon). I'm just going by what I read from a quick google search.

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OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

Ok. Thanks. My desktop is not setting that key!

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plencnerb
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Mine is not either. The value I have for the current user one points to my location of Palemoon.

Yet, if I go change the browser to be IE9 32 bit, that does happen (default browser becomes IE and not Palemoon). However, the key does not change, even after a reboot!

So, there must be more to this then what I found.

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OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

Thanks for the effort.



plencnerb
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No problem. I'll keep looking into this, and if I find out anything more, I'll post an update.

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Dude111
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reply to plencnerb

 

Yup brian thats how its shown in my 2 on those 2 keys... (If you had to,you can probably change the path those keys are pointed to and your "default" browser would be changed)


motisaz

join:2001-11-15
Cottonwood, CA
reply to OldAuditor

Re: [IE] Registry Key

I am afraid you may have larger problems, most likely an add-in that came along with a download resetting your options. Directly changing your system file may not work.

I would suggest (as housekeeping process) the following before attacking your registry:

In Internet Explorer:
Select TOOLS
Then MANAGE ADD-ONS

Take a look at your add-on programs, and disable anything you don't use. Don't worry about killing something you need, you can always turn it back on. I will guarantee you will find 'sneakers' that are nether required or desired.

Once you kill unwanted add-ons, go back to TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, PROGRAMS and re-set IE9 as your default browser, making sure to click TELL ME IF IE IS NOT YOUR DEFAULT BROWSER.

Next I would uninstall the pushy browser. If you would like to re-install the offending software, be VERY CAREFUL of pre-checked install options provided, one of these undoubtedly offers the option to "Use *** as Default Browser".

Let me know if this helps.


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

I have done l that as a part of my efforts. Prior to installing Firefox yesterday, I did not have any other browsers installed. IE keeps asking me if I want to make it the default. I tell it yes each time. Still says popup blocker is active, but all are turned off.

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motisaz

join:2001-11-15
Cottonwood, CA

Did you take a look at your IE add-ons? Software from Google, Norton, Ask etc. can each supply their own switches and pop-up blockers.

Did you have the problem before loading Firefox?


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

The reason I loaded Firefox was all the problems I was having with IE.

I activated each add on individual, disabled default and popup blockers , then disabled each. I still am having problems running in a "clean" IE with popups not opening and owing links giving me blank pages ?with no errors I can find in event monitor).

I need to avoid a clean install of I can.

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Matt7

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said by OldAuditor:

I still am having problems running in a "clean" IE with popups not opening and owing links giving me blank pages ?with no errors I can find in event monitor).

I need to avoid a clean install of I can.

Old

I am guessing your problems with a broken IE - not being clean is why your having issues trying to make it default.. .sounds like you have spyware/virus or malware some form in your system that is preventing the registry change from saving.

motisaz

join:2001-11-15
Cottonwood, CA

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I agree with Xsk8er, something corrupted your IE, and it was not nice. First make sure your Anti-Virus software is up-to-date. If you are using something shaky like McAfee, try logging onto a site like

»www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner or
»security.symantec.com/sscv6/WelcomePage.asp

Here is a heavy-handed fix I've used in the past:

Unload your copy of IE, then log into Microsoft to download and re-install a clean copy (don't forget to run Update afterwords). You can use your Firefox in the meantime.

I don't know your confidence level, but if you would like instructions regarding how to complete this task, let me know.

Again, I hope this helps . . .


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

I have done all the steps recommended in he security forum and followed their instructions. Appears I do not have a virus or malware.

I would like the instructions on how to completely (as far as possible) to remove and reinstall IE 9.

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rfhar
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reply to OldAuditor

»windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind···plorer-9


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

Is it also possible to uninstall IE 8 and IE 7? I think there is some kind of "inf" or "ini" type file that is not getting deleted and is coming back when I reinstall. Probably not an "inf" or "ini", but serving the same purpose.

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Dude111
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reply to OldAuditor

 

You can do a Windows search buddy for *.inf -- I just did that and found 2 IE related INF files (Well 2 inf files with the letters "IE" in them) so you can probably find them that way


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK
reply to rfhar

Re: [IE] Registry Key

Do you happen to know of a recommended Registry Cleaner? I use Registry Mechanic by PC Tools, but there may be a more thorough one out there.

Edit: Primary problem is that IE will not follow most hyperlinks that open a new page.

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R2
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I ran into the same issue today on a computer at work. I went under Control Panel, Add Remove, and then tried to set the Defaults to "Microsoft". I could not do it! It kept going back to FireFox!!

Is FireFox somehow doing this? I tried even under Folder Options and changing URL / Internet Shortcuts. FireFox still opened all links... Weird.


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

At the point my problem started, I did not have Firefox installed!


motisaz

join:2001-11-15
Cottonwood, CA
reply to OldAuditor

A little investigation can help with the problem.

There are tons of Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programs out there that attempt to lock your browser, home page, and address translation websites. It would be good to open each/any of these programs and see if there is a setting for this option.

In addition, there is Malware, including the Google and Firefox Redirector versions, that can cause similar problems. If your searches are directing you to unwanted or odd sites, you probably installed one of these Trojans, and will need to stop this process and follow up with that issue. Since these malware products normally accompany an authorized download presenting as a browser add-on, it can fool many protection programs.

Did your protection software detect any Trojan or Virus activity prior to the problem? It is possible the protection was incomplete and left a corrupted file or two.

Do you know the approximate date when the problem started? You can look at the files you created on that date, and use that information for a procedure that follows.

Do you have your Browsing favorites and cookies saved? You may wish to create a backup (click FILE, IMPORT AND EXPORT, then follow the instructions).

I will assume you are running Windows 7 since you have IE9, but other versions are similar:

First go to START, then CONTROL PANEL
Change Settings (top right) to LARGE ICONS (to match instructions)

Select PROGRAMS AND FEATURES and a list of installed programs appears.

Now here you have a few options:

First click the heading INSTALLED ON heading, and see if an odd application appears around the date your problems started. Be very suspect of any browser add-ons or search related software. If you find anything questionable, you can do a net search or make a note and uninstall it . . . you should be able to find it on the net later if it needs to be re-installed.

If the problem is gone after the re-boot, you have a fix, if not, continue.

If your computer shipped with IE8, you should have a record of the install of IE9 on the above page. Follow the above instructions and return to the PROGRAMS AND FEATURES selection.

Click on the NAME heading to place installs in alphabetical order, and look for the install of IE9. At that point you can select to uninstall the program.

If your computer shipped with IE9: from the PROGRAMS AND FEATURES page, and in the top left of the page, select TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR OFF, then UNCHECK IE9

After either selection, you will need to reboot your computer.
Now use your Firefox and download a clean copy of IE9:

»www.microsoft.com/en-us/download···id=13950

If the install program requests a “repair” or “complete install”, I would suggest “complete”, but you could spend the time to try a “repair”.

Once installed, your system will require a re-boot. When opened, IE9 should request authorization as primary browser. Hopefully, if you don’t have the Google or Firefox Trojan, and you don’t have protection software that locks-in another setting, your system will now accept your browser selection.

Remember, you may need to run Windows Update a few times to bring your new install up to date. In addition, you can import your old IE9 settings from your back-up if they were lost.

Once again, I hope this helps!


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

Thanks for the info. After all you wrote, I hate to say I've already been all the way down that road, but I have. Also been through the security cleanup forum here.

My machine shipped with IE7 and Vista. Have been through the upgrade to win7 32 Ultimate, IE 8, and IE 9. No problems until about 10-13-12. Very sudden, no installs that I know of. Primary problem is that trying to follow a hyperlink gives me a blank page with nothing in the tab. Example is that I go to answers.microsoft.com and click "sign in." Gives me a new blank page.

I know something is hosed but I have come to the end of what I know to do.

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motisaz

join:2001-11-15
Cottonwood, CA

Are you saying you already re-loaded IE9? I thought you were looking for a way to do that.

If you fell game to a re-director Trojan, here is some info for you:

»www.symantec.com/connect/forums/···web-page

Again, sorry to be re-inventing the wheel for you.


OldAuditor

join:2007-03-24
Oklahoma City, OK

I was looking to uninstall IE as far as possible. I cannot get past IE 8. There is some configuration file or registry key corrupted or set improperly. I am looking for those.

Thanks.

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motisaz

join:2001-11-15
Cottonwood, CA

Did you try the un-install sequence, and re-install sequence I suggested? It worked for me in the past.