MSN keeps highjacking my Favorites bar

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Mike Hihn, May 28, 2009.

  1. Mike Hihn

    Mike Hihn Guest

    All of my own favorites are being shoved aside by links to MSN, My MSN and
    three others -- which also show up in my news feeds in Windows Live Mail. I
    keep deleting these links (everywhere they are), but they keep coming back.
    It's getting bad when MICROSOFT starts highjacking my browser. I would
    delete IE8, but there is no way i can see to do that.
    Mike Hihn, May 28, 2009
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  2. Please state your full Windows version (e.g., WinXP SP3; Vista SP2) when
    posting to this newsgroup.

    Did you install the MSN-customized version of IE8?
    PA Bear [MS MVP], May 28, 2009
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  3. Mike Hihn

    Mike Hihn Guest

    Sorry, I use Vista Home Premium SP1.

    Good question on MSN Optimized -- not that I noticed, but my home page is
    my.msn. I had the Beta and got a message to upgrade.

    Here's more if it helps. On the upgrade, it switched my home page to a
    pitch for Explorer 8, and a second home page at Windows Live. I just tried
    reinstalling IE8, but was told I had a more recent version -- than

    At I clicked on IE8 and got a page that was very clearly "optimized
    for MSN" which I would not have missed.
    Mike Hihn, May 28, 2009
  4. [Sure hope you haven't installed Vista SP2 yet!]

    1. Uninstall IE8 & reboot twice.

    How to uninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8

    2. Optional: Install the non-customized version of IE8 manually =>

    No-charge support for Internet Explorer 8 installation, set-up and usage
    (only) is available via the phone based on your locale through 31 December
    2009. Customers must be running Windows XP or Windows Vista in a non-domain
    => US & CA Residents: 1-866-234-6020
    => Other locales:

    My personal recommendations include:

    => Install IE8 manually, not via Windows Update/Automatic Updates!! =>

    => Uninstall all third-party toolbars (e.g., Google; Yahoo; Windows Live)
    and third-party Windows Themes before installing IE8.

    => Close all open applications (i.e., anything with a taskbar icon) before
    installing or uninstalling IE8.

    => I would strongly recommend disabling your anti-virus application and any
    anti-spyware application's "system protections" (other than Defender's)
    before installing (or uninstalling) an IE upgrade. If you're running a
    third-party firewall, I would recommend disabling it and then enabling the
    Windows Firewall before installing (or uninstalling) an IE upgrade.

    => Create a Restore Point manually before installing IE8. [Do NOT use
    System Restore to remove/uninstall IE8; instead, see Then use the Restore Point prior to
    reinstalling IE8 per these recommendations. Norton users will need to see]

    => Reboot twice after installing or uninstalling IE8.

    => For best chance of success with IE8, make certain that your anti-virus
    application, any anti-spyware applications (other than Defender), and your
    third-party firewall (if any) are supported in IE8 Final before you decide
    install it.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], May 28, 2009
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