deleted links keep recreating themselves

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Pranfal Greener, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. Hi there,

    I've started using IE7, and I'd like to remove the pre-set favorites
    directories; "MSN Websites", "Microsoft websites", "Windows Live" blah blah

    I delete them, but next time I start up they are recreated. Anyone know how
    I can rid myself of these pestering little things?

    thanks! Dave
    Pranfal Greener, Jul 23, 2007
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  2. Pranfal Greener

    Leonard Grey Guest

    Your security software may be preventing you from changing your
    Favorites, since this is something malicious software does. Check your
    program settings.
    Leonard Grey, Jul 23, 2007
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  3. Hmmm. It doesn't actually prevent me from deleting them. That works, it's
    just that the folders and links are recreated when I next startup.

    Also, I can add, change and delete other favorites and these changes
    persist. The problem only occurs with the pre-set MS links. This makes me
    think it's an IE thing rather than system security.

    Has anyne else tried to delete these folders? What did you find?

    Pranfal Greener, Jul 23, 2007
  4. Pranfal Greener

    Don Varnau Guest

    If you normally don't display hidden folders, you could right-click those
    folders/favorites and change the attribute to hidden.

    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jul 24, 2007
  5. Hi Don,

    Ok done that...but I'm not sure how to check whether I'm viewing hidden
    files though! Had a look through the various settings but can't seem to find
    it...can you help?



    Pranfal Greener, Jul 24, 2007
  6. Hi Don,

    Ok I've done that but the folders are still there, and I don't know how to
    check whether or not I'm viewing hidden files! Can you help with this one?



    Pranfal Greener, Jul 24, 2007
  7. Pranfal Greener

    Don Varnau Guest

    For either XP or Vista...
    Control Panel> Folder Options> View> check "Do not show hidden files and

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jul 24, 2007

  8. Probably. They are in the registry in the same place that IEAK packages
    would create their custom folders and links. So, that suggests two possibilities
    to me: try deleting the equivalent entries in the registry when you delete
    something externally or try using the IEAK to create your own custom menu.
    Robert Aldwinckle, Jul 25, 2007
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    David Guest

    This is an IE 7 Bill Gates feature (forceware):
    I am sick and tired of Microsoft forcing the "Customize Links" shortcut on
    the LINKS bar, and the folder "Microsoft Websites" in the bookmarks folder
    being forced upon us. Please someone in Redmond come up with a solution
    (besides hidden folders, which won't work with the "Customize Links"
    shortcur) that shuts this stuff off.

    This is as bad as Yahoo! and Google pushing their toolbar addons any sneaky
    way they can.
    David, Sep 24, 2007
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    Gordon Guest

    <sigh> I CANNOT see what your problem is with this - ALL the main browsers
    do this - Firefox and Opera. just delete them after it's installed....
    Gordon, Sep 24, 2007
  11. Pranfal Greener

    wavydavy Guest

    Have you actually read any of these posts? The problem is you CANNOT delete
    them permanently "after it's installed". You can delete them for one
    session; the next time you start IE, they will be back.

    And you really cannot see the problem with software not allowing you to make
    permanent changes to your personal settings? So what if they all do it?
    That just makes them all equally offensive.
    wavydavy, Nov 16, 2007
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    Gordon Guest

    No I can't - as I said, what HARM is it doing you? And anyway - you BROWSE
    to My Computer everytime you boot up, so it's BOUND to show in browsing
    history every day, isn't it?
    just get used to it.
    Gordon, Nov 16, 2007
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