Browser Choice

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by barrowhill, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. barrowhill

    Luke Guest

    Try start, run, msconfig

    go to startup and deselect C:\System32\browserchoice.exe

    I'm about to do this now, so I'm hoping it works for me too!

    Best of luck,

    Luke, Feb 25, 2010
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    bigbo Guest

    Hi Barrowhill

    I have just received the same update and have to say that I strongly object
    to new software being installed on my machines in this manner. I too have the
    browsers I want, already installed.
    I cannot find it in Add/Remove programs, rolling back to a checkpoint before
    the update does not work.
    To my mind this is akin to my machine being hacked and therefore must be
    Anyone else feel the same?
    Anyone from Microsoft willing to comment?
    bigbo, Feb 26, 2010
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    ybS2okj Guest

    You are the only one to blame yourself. Microsoft patches are a complete
    and utter waste of time and you can stop them by going to Security Centre
    and turning off Automatic Updates. I don't get any updates and so my system
    is as secure as possible.

    There is no evidence that Microsoft updates are making computers any safer.
    If at all, people's machines are becoming less safer because of these
    patches. For example only a few days ago "Gordon" complained that his
    system is ridden with viruses and he was blaming me for not patching my
    system. Apparently, if I don't patch my system, he is the one who gets
    viruses!!. Now this is bizarre!!.

    I have therefore, concluded that it is the M$ patches making his system

    ybS2okj, Feb 26, 2010
  4. That's plain BS and you're aware of that. Do you really think, that running
    your avast! toy does resolve the security issues which are *needed* to be
    fixed with updates?
    Have you ever heard about Bot nets? Obviously not.
    I have the strong impression that "not only" your unpatched Windows XP SP3
    is weak.

    Ottmar Freudenberger, Feb 26, 2010
  5. Do you think MS chose to do this? Do you ever read a newspaper or listen to
    the news?
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Feb 26, 2010
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP], Feb 26, 2010
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    Bee Anon Guest

    Assuming that Vista allows the same Windows Update configurations as XP, I suggest users change their settings to receive notifications only, rather than all updates automatically. You can then log on to Windows Update, choose Custom & read about each update before deciding whether or not to install it. When I read that KB 976002 could not be uninstalled via Add/remove Programs, I chose not to install it. It's too late now for people who are stuck with it, but worth knowing for future reference?!

    bigbo wrote:

    Hi BarrowhillI have just received the same update and have to say that I

    Hi Barrowhil

    I have just received the same update and have to say that I strongly objec
    to new software being installed on my machines in this manner. I too have th
    browsers I want, already installed
    I cannot find it in Add/Remove programs, rolling back to a checkpoint befor
    the update does not work
    To my mind this is akin to my machine being hacked and therefore must b
    Anyone else feel the same
    Anyone from Microsoft willing to comment


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    Joan Archer Guest

    I don't see what the problem is I installed it when I saw the page for the
    other browsers I just clicked on IE, as that is my browser of choice, after
    taking me to the Microsoft IE Home page it told me I already had it set as
    the default and all I had to do was click the icon to put it back on my
    taskbar as the install had removed it from there.

    No problems after that I just put the shortcut on my desktop into the
    recycle bin, job done, this is a Windows 7 desktop machine.
    Joan Archer, Feb 28, 2010
  9. +1 You go, girl!

    PA Bear [MS MVP], Feb 28, 2010
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    Catbiter Guest

    I have never come across anything so pattently obvious or stupid in my 36
    years in IT.

    To conform with EU regulations Microsoft has injected this annoying code
    into an update basically to "piss users off" but to point the figer at the EU
    and say "Sorry guys but they made us do it!!"

    Microsofts aim is not to give people "choice", people ALWAYS have had the
    choice of which browser to use simply by installing them.. I run Firefox and
    Safari at home , just to keep an eye on what is available so I have aleady
    exercised my right to chose. The EU obviously haven't got a clue about the
    dissruption and anoyance these daily messages are going to cause Millions of

    We are also , and I do not need a crystal ball to predict this, going to be
    inumdated with fake update messages from every hacker, attacker and cracker
    laka who will see this as a Golden opportunity to try and dupe gullible users
    into clicking on links to infected websites and download. Microsoft will then
    happily blame the EU for all the problems..

    EU should stick to doing what they do best. Fraud and fiddles.

    Catbiter, Mar 1, 2010
  11. Bitch to your MP or EU representatives, not us.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 1, 2010
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    JTC Guest

    I saw that update today, Fortunately I have automatic updates turned off and
    always do a Custom update and declined it.

    Maybe this is the way to go ?
    JTC, Mar 1, 2010
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    Rob Guest

    What makes me laugh about this, is the comment made by Mozilla Foundation
    chair Mitchell Baker. He described the news as "an important milestone
    towards helping people take control of their online lives." Just how exactly
    is being annoyed by a pop up screen every time I start a new browsing
    session, helping me take control of my online life!? If there was an option
    to turn it off then maybe.

    I don't suppose for one minute Mr Baker is thinking about all the free
    advertising he's now getting. Microsoft should never of been forced to
    advertise it's competitors products, let alone for free. I'm sorry, but if
    people in this day and age don't know there's alternatives to IE, then more
    fool them. There's no excuse for not shopping around or feigning ignorance.
    Christ, we all know how to use Google don't we? What's next, that's all I
    can say. Oh and thanks EU but I happen to like bendy bananas too ;o)
    Rob, Mar 1, 2010
  14. barrowhill

    Smirnoff Guest


    I avoided it by doing what you did.

    Problem is there are conflicting reports about whether System Restore works
    or not. Some say it does work, others say it doesn't. I haven't seen a
    definitive answer to this.

    If it does work, fair enough. Those that say it doesn't work may not have
    altered their Automatic Update settings, so the update is reinstalled again.
    Whatever the case, the longer it goes on, SR will cease to be an option.

    Others are adamant that the update cannot be removed by SR and that the only
    option is to delete the registry key:

    "You can hack it out of the registry. Go to
    HCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\run and remove BrowserChoice
    Key, "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\browserchoice.exe" /run

    Don't forget to back up first...." (Keith Robinson)"

    Does the method used depend on your OS? This could be the reason for
    conflicting reports.

    I would like to be able to advise my friends of the correct (only?) way to
    remove the update.
    Smirnoff, Mar 2, 2010
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    berger15 Guest

    If you go Start -> Run -> type " msconfig " hit enter, then select tab "
    Starup" and uncheck the "browserchoice" box, then click "apply" at the bottom
    and close the window. When you reboot you will get a warning, check the box
    regarding future warnings and close it. This should stop this bloody annoying
    message EVERY time you start the pc up.
    It is not listed under the updates under the "add/remove programs" applet,
    so you can't remove it once installed.

    Hope this helps a few people!
    berger15, Mar 5, 2010
  16. Hi,

    I'm not a developer, but in my 5 pc's (XP, sp3) Automatic Updates are set to: "Notify me, but don't automatically download or install them." Notification then appears in the task bar and when I open the Choose...dl - window I can check which updates I want. If I uncheck some update and close the window I'll be informed that I haven't choose the update to download. In that window I can also check: "Don't notify me about these updates again". Then that update won't bother me anymore. Well, if I later, for some reason, want that update anyway I go to the MS Windows update site, where I can see all my updates, also the ones I haven't yet.

    I don't want to turn all updates off, since it could cause problems - there are some important ones. Sometimes I don't know how to react. Then I just Google it and get advice, in matter of fact that's the way I found this place. And after reading many comments in this site and MS own info I have decided that I don't dl "Choice Screen".

    Well, I know this won't help them with the program already installed. I've been there too and learned the hard way! So for the future...

    Thanks a lot and I hope you won't find me me silly , simple etc when I'm not specialist nor native English speaker/writer. (There's some very rude talk in this forum;).


    barrowhill wrote:

    Browser Choice

    Today, an update was applied that on opening IE onstartup gives me the option
    to install numerous other browsers. I do not want to as already installed
    those I want and I cannot find anyway to stop this page opening again.
    Help.....I'd like to remove this update or switch off browser choice screen
    but suspect that EU forced this issue on all of us. What can I do ???????

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  17. You may be accessing this thread in a trash-talking forum but the discussion
    is taking place in a MS newsgroup which you can access independent of
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 5, 2010
  18. Don't know if this is still relevant, I suffered the "enhancement" as well
    and I use Firefox. However was able to avoid a reinstall by tweaking the

    - From a command prompt run regedit
    - In path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE...SOFTWARE...BrowserChoice double click on
    Shortcut and change the value to 0 (Zero). Thus far it seems to work i.e. the
    panel is installed and deactivated w/out a need to download another browser
    coppernanotube, Mar 7, 2010
  19. barrowhill


    Jul 11, 2010
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    That "Browser Choice" thingy......

    While I have no probs with being asked the once - it is a bit irritating to keep getting the message every time I restart my P/c ~ and I don't like the silly desktop shortcut either...which got me thinking "what if......"

    1. I right clicked the desktop shortcut to Browser Choice?

    2. Clicked "Properties"?

    3. Found the target?

    4. Popped "BrowserChoice.exe" in the bin?

    5. Deleted the desktop shorty?.........

    Yay! - No more Chose-yer-Browser on start up

    Happy chap, me

    Keep smilin'

    PS "Ooops" - just realised this is a Vista forum! Anyways, the above worked in XP so who knows???hehehe
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
    Telecaster, Jul 11, 2010
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