Through my work as a computer tech, I have noticed that some settings still matter in Internet Explorer even though we may be using Microsoft Edge to surf (browse) the internet. I recommend you verify these settings occasionally, especially when you find your internet browsing may be experiencing troubles.
For most, your Internet Explorer icon isn’t even located on your desktop, taskbar or the Start screen any longer. I believe Microsoft did this on purpose so everyone would begin using Microsoft Edge. I do recommend you use Microsoft Edge because I think there will come a day when Microsoft will remove Internet Explorer from Windows. It will be better to get used to Edge on your own time, rather than having to do it.
To find Internet Explorer, click the “Start” button and scroll down through all your apps. Towards the bottom, click the “Windows Accessories” folder and then in the menu, click to open Internet Explorer. Once Internet Explorer opens, click “Tools” at the top and then click “Internet Options.” If your menu bar isn’t visible, right-click the area where the menu bar would normally appear and from the menu, click “Menu bar.”
After the Internet Options box opens, click the “Security” tab at the top. Below, click the button: “Reset all zones to default level.” In many cases, if you are able to click this button it might indicate that your system has malware or viruses, and you should have a tech check it out for you.
Next, click the “Programs” tab at the top and then click “Manage add-ons.” When the box opens, to the left, click “Search Providers.” To the right, I recommend you remove every listing except for one. I suggest either Google search or Bing search. Click each listing and then click “Remove” at the bottom-right. Once you have removed all the listings except for your choice, close the box and then click “OK” to save your changes.
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.