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#840982 - 10/07/12 10:42 PM Internet Explorer
granny Offline
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Every day I get several flips asking me to use it.

Would that be better than whatever the PC came with? Would it get rid of that #%^$&% BING?
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#840994 - 10/07/12 11:23 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
Draclvr Offline
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Granny, Internet Explorer comes with Windows. You can change your search engine to whatever you want. Which browser are you using right now? Firefox? Chrome? Something else?
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#841010 - 10/08/12 03:27 AM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
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I really have no idea, not Firefox, cause they keep offering themself also. That's what I had on my XP, they drove me crazy with Updates.

Never heard of Chrome, would that maybe be what it is now ? How would I find that out?

Whatever it is, It makes me go thru 3 dif. screens in order to get on line, Yahoo and a lot of Bing [blip], and that takes up one third of the of the screen. I have used the delete on it many times, but it just will not go away.

As I mentioned before, after recovering from a stroke this summer, my mind has just deleted about everything I learned about my 'puters.

Sometimes I'm tempted to put my fist right thru the screen.

Any who, which one should I say yes to?

I am soooooo lucky to have you Gals and Guys to re-learn from, hope I don't drive you crasy.
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#841037 - 10/08/12 08:10 AM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
Jenny100 Offline
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Chrome is the browser that was developed by Google.
I don't care for it myself, but some people like it. If you want to try it, you can get it here --> https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

If you don't like IE and Firefox, I'd recommend trying the Opera browser, which you can download from here --> http://www.opera.com/

All browsers will have security updates, but hopefully Opera won't bother you as frequently as Firefox.

You could also try Seamonkey, which is similar to Firefox but seems to have fewer updates (in my experience anyway).
You can get Seamonkey here --> http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Both Firefox and Seamonkey can use Adblock Plus, which might help if you're being bombarded with ads.
***Adblock Plus for Firefox***
***Adblock Plus for Seamonkey***

Bing and Yahoo are not browsers. They are for doing web searches. It sounds like whatever browser you're using may be asking you which one you want to use for a search engine, and since you're not choosing any of them, you're being asked every time you start the web browser. It's also possible they're asking to install a toolbar or "Active desktop type thing." If that's the case, ad-blocking software would help.

If you can't tell what web browser you're using now, your computer may have come with some extra software that's sitting between you and Internet Explorer. A screenshot of what you see when you try to get to the Internet would help.

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#841086 - 10/08/12 12:40 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
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To add to Jenny100's comments, both FireFox and Seamonkey can be set to ignore any updates. That may not be a good idea but if you don't like auto-updates, just turn them off.

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#841099 - 10/08/12 01:29 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
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A better option might be to turn auto-updates ON, then the browser won't be asking her if she wants to update.

It sounds to me as if Jenny's right and her computer (Is it a new one?) came with some junk program granny doesn't want. That or she hasn't chosen a browser or a search engine as the Default, though I've got to say that I don't remember ever being bothered about a default search engine.

Granny, at the top of Opera - and it may be this way with your browser - there is a a list of functions that goes File, Edit, View, Bookmarks, Tools, Help. If you click on Tools, it brings up a window where you can go to Preferences. In Preferences, you go to Search. In Search, you can choose which search engine you want to use as the Default.

See if you have that option in whatever browser you're using.

Gil.
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#841101 - 10/08/12 02:03 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
Draclvr Offline
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I think granny's issues are confusing enough that a screenshot is the only thing that can help pinpoint what they actually are. IE is automatically set as the default browser in Windows unless you download and install another one and set THAT one as the default browser.

I wonder if the issue isn't IE, but rather that granny doesn't like the Bing search engine.
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#841111 - 10/08/12 03:14 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
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Quote:
Whatever it is, It makes me go thru 3 dif. screens in order to get on line


What screens? Have you set a default home page? I've never had to do anything but start the browser and it goes straight to my homepage.

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#841128 - 10/08/12 04:49 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
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Inland,

When I got my new computer and downloaded WinLiveMail, (Explorer, the default browser for Windows, no longer comes with an independent email client) AT&T (my internet service provider) did their darndest to have me logging in to Yahoo, with which they have some kind of agreement. It took me a while to convince my computer that it didn't have to go there.

Maybe granny's ISP is responsible for what's going on. But as Draclvr said.... Granny, can you take a screenshot and post it somewhere like Image Shack for us to see? You do not have to join, just use the first little window that says Upload, browse to the screenshot and press the button. Then send a link to the picture.

Gil.


Edited by traveler (10/08/12 04:51 PM)
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#841132 - 10/08/12 05:06 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
Draclvr Offline
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That's right, Gil. Windows 7 only comes with the IE browser. You download all the other programs independently. I loved it because I don't use Messenger and a couple other programs that used to come integrated into the OS. I only downloaded Live Mail and one other one because those are the only ones I'll ever use.

I hope granny posts back because it's hard to understand exactly what screens she's seeing before she gets to her home page.
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#841143 - 10/08/12 05:57 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: Draclvr]
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There have been times when I get a permission window asking to allow Bing to do this or that. I usually end up seeing it 2 or 3 times before I finally check the don't show this window box and tell it no. This could be what granny is seeing.
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#841155 - 10/08/12 06:29 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
Draclvr Offline
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Gaaa...! That would make me crazy!
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#841159 - 10/08/12 06:39 PM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
InlandAZ Offline
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Anytime I see anything Bing related I uninstall it - nothing but a pain.

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#841206 - 10/09/12 12:10 AM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
Draclvr Offline
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I agree 100%.
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#841258 - 10/09/12 10:53 AM Re: Internet Explorer [Re: granny]
Jenny100 Offline
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I use Bing as a search engine, but don't install anything from them.

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