How to permanently disable Internet Explorer in XP?

March 22, 2015 at 07:00:55
Specs: Windows XP, 2 GB
NO security updates for IE8 in a YEAR - a person would have to be crazy to connect it to the internet.
A huge security flaw in Windows was announced months ago, dating back to 2000, with CRITICAL fixes released - just not for Windows XP or Server 2003. Add an unpatched IE8 to that - watch out.

Simply uninstalling IE8 will not do, that leaves the even less secure IE6 included in Windows XP SP3 still in place.

message edited by MacGruber


See More: How to permanently disable Internet Explorer in XP?

Report •


#1
March 22, 2015 at 08:00:29
A person would have to be crazy to connect any XP system to the Internet. Unfortunately, there are plenty of crazy people.

message edited by ijack


Report •

#2
March 22, 2015 at 11:22:47
The basic points given are well known (or should be) and have been blasted via the media by Microsoft and various security experts for over a year. The recent flaw just adds to the argument. There are ways to make XP safer but not everyone is prepared to even do that:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

Having said that, I'm not sure who would come off worse, a cavalier user on Windows 8.1 or a very careful user with XP on Firefox or whatever. Despite my 8.1 being stitched up with a stack of security measures I would still have to be dragged away screaming before I would use a computer for internet banking.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


Report •

#3
March 22, 2015 at 14:33:34
The way I look at it, despite theoretical risks, Internet banking is far safer than any other medium. It allows me to easily check transactions and balance daily. If something odd is happening I'll know about it almost immediately. That was certainly not the case in the days before Internet banking.

The biggest risk when it comes to banking is to use a card, particularly in an ATM, a garage, or a restaurant. Again, should my card be compromised I'll know about it very quickly.

Having said that, I would be extremely cautious about using any wireless connection - including a cell phone - for banking.


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
March 22, 2015 at 18:35:47
How to turn Internet Exploder Off - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/...

Report •

#5
March 22, 2015 at 20:55:44
File Associations opening IE automatically is why I asked.
Sure don't need it for Automatic Update management anymore.

I could just edit the entries here:
Control Panel/Folder Options/File Types:
--[none] Internet Shortcut
--[none] URL:YN3270 Protocol
and others
--.XPS

(XPS EP available from Microsoft, also get XPS print option)

Had an issue if edit File Types in Admin user, no changes to Std user.
Tried:
Select as default in Open With list, or registry editor.
Current_User ----- -\Explorer\FileExts\.xps\OpenWithProgids
XpsRchVw.exe = XPS Viewer EP
vs.
winfxdocobj.exe = WinFX Runtime Components = Internet Explorer

message edited by MacGruber


Report •

#6
March 23, 2015 at 05:53:57
Making an alternative browser default can help with some situations such a saved complete webpages.

"Sure don't need it for Automatic Update management anymore"
You still get MSE updates for the time being if it was already installed.
You still get MS Malicious Software Removal Tool updates until July 14, 2015.
You still get MS Office Compatibility pack updates if you have an old version of Office - probably for a few years yet.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


Report •

#7
March 23, 2015 at 10:51:44
Yes I forgot that IE8 is still needed to set the Auto Updates preferences. The Auto Update notifies me of those, but what I do is then download each update from Microsoft using Firefox.
I got into the habit of that years ago -read the Microsoft Security Bulletins even.
The Flame virus spoofed Windows Update via the Internet Explorer interface - providing corrupt downloads in 2012.

message edited by MacGruber


Report •

#8
March 23, 2015 at 11:26:43
I'm a manual updater too, also reading the bulletins..

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


Report •

#9
March 28, 2015 at 05:12:58
"A person would have to be crazy to connect any XP system to the Internet"

No, a person would be crazy to continue using IE8 in 2015. Simply install a modern browser - Firefox, Chrome, SRWare Iron, etc - & stop using IE8. And make sure to have a decent antivirus program.

I had this link handy: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...


Report •


Ask Question