IE9 - Toolbar Installing itself?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by charliec, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. charliec

    charliec Guest

    I have IE9 32bit and IE9 64bit on my Win7 64bit system. By default,
    IE9 32bit is the default for launching urls when you double click on a
    link in a message. Is there a way to changing the default for
    launching urls from IE9 32bit to IE9 64bit.

    Second, the Ask Toolbar installed itself on my IE9 32bit version today
    and when I tried to launch IE9, I get an error that it has stopped
    working! I was finally able to disable the Ask addon, but am
    wondering if there is a way to prevent it from installing itself
    again? It did not install itself on the IE9 64bit version.

    Thanks for any insights
    charliec, Feb 12, 2013
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    SC Tom Guest

    I can't provide a link to the discussion on the MS Answers or TechNet forum
    where I read it, but the short answer was no, 64-bit IE cannot be set as
    default. There may be a workaround, but I don't remember any solution being
    posted on the thread.

    The Ask toolbar doesn't install itself unless you ask for it (pun intended),
    or you didn't uncheck a box when installing some software. Anything new on
    your PC? I don't know of any way to prevent it except by being careful when
    other software is installed.
    SC Tom, Feb 12, 2013
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    charliec Guest

    Thanks, got it!
    charliec, Feb 12, 2013
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    VanguardLH Guest

    The typical response is the 64-bit version of IE 7-9 cannot be set as
    the default web browser. I did find a forum thread at:

    where KUE2 claims Shekhar (Microsoft Support) said:

    Steps are common for Windows Vista and Windows 7.

    Method 1
    - The Internet Explorer shortcut in the Quick Launch toolbar and in
    the Start menu of Windows 7 x64 will run the 32-bit version of
    Internet Explorer by default.
    - There are actually two shortcuts for Internet Explorer in the "All
    Programs" menu.
    - Here's the title of each and the exe's they run:
    Internet Explorer 32 bit
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
    Internet Explorer (64-bit)
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
    The first one runs IE from the "Program Files (x86)" folder, this
    is the 32-bit version. The second one is the 64-bit version.

    Method 2.
    If you want to change the default internet explorer from 32 bit to 64
    bit you may perform the following steps. You can change the program
    Windows uses by default to open with different file extensions. Here
    is how:
    - Click on Start and go to Default Programs.
    - Click on Associate a file type or protocol always open in a specific
    - Browse to all the extensions where internet explorer is set as
    default and then click on change.
    - Now Click on browse and then go to location
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
    and select it.
    - Click Ok and then Close.
    - Click Save.

    So it looks like you change the default program for the web browser to
    use the .exe in the 64-bit path. I haven't tried this (I don't have
    access to a Vista/7 host right now) and personally I wouldn't want to.
    There are some add-ons or BHOs (browser helper objects) that have
    provided a 64-bit version but not many and I have no need to go beyond
    the 2GB user-mode memory space since I open another instance of IE
    rather than have hundreds of tabs open within the same one.
    The Ask Toolbar is still by invite although somewhat discourteous in
    that it is bundleware and prevalently enabled for inclusion. You
    installed something ELSE but didn't look carefully at the installer's
    screens -OR- you selected a "typical" or default install instead of a
    custom install. Bundleware that is enabled by default in the installer
    for some other product is called foistware. The user has to actually
    look at the installer's windows to make to sure to DISABLE the inclusion
    of the foistware.

    Don't just go clicking through an installation without reading the
    contents of the windows presented to you. If there is a choice between
    a default or typical install and a custom install, ALWAYS select the
    custom install. It used to be just freeware that had bundleware (which
    became foistware because no one was installing the bundleware). Now
    payware does it, too. Just about everyone is trying to either recover
    some of their development, support, and web site costs or to maximize
    their revenues.
    VanguardLH, Feb 21, 2013
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