IE wants a search provider for search box

September 6, 2013 at 08:27:47
Specs: Win 7
Well, I did something reckless, and got the inevitable result.
After deleting the only search provider listed -- bing -- from
Internet Options > Programs > Manage Add-ons > Search
Provider and then going through the Registry and deleting
all instances of the name "bing" I could find (to my surprise,
there were only four). Now every time I start Internet Explorer,
the window for managing add-ons pops up open to the page
for search providers. It doesn't say there is a problem, but
obviously it wants me to input a URL for a search provider.
But there is no way to do it.

At the bottom left of the window is a link to "Find more
search providers..." at Microsoft, which I clicked and went
to and tried to add Google or restore bing to the list, and
a box pops up each time asking me if that's what I want to
do, and I say yes, but nothing happens after that.

If deleting the Registry keys was the cause, then restoring
those keys should fix it. It would be nice if I had an easy
way to do that....

Any... umm... suggestions? :-)

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
September 6, 2013 at 09:29:50
Might be worth trying IE Reset:
IE > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Reset button. You will lose any customizations and addons but addons will come creeping back eventually after a bit of browsing.

Unless you have some registry save and restore program onboard then the only way to get the registry back is System Restore (which restores system files as well).

For the future you can always export the registry before you start tinkering. When you import it the previous settings they will be merged back (as opposed to replacing the registry).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
September 6, 2013 at 11:17:47
> For the future you can always export the registry before you
> start tinkering.

You know, that's probably not a bad idea...

I think I'll try the reset. It's not like I've never thrown away hours
of work before, only to discover that I shouldn't have...

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
September 6, 2013 at 11:42:35
Yep, if you try IE Reset first you still have the System Restore option up your sleeve. Restore is not something I normally rush into but mostly it works out fine and if anything has gone wrong in the registry it could be the easiest next step.

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#4
September 6, 2013 at 13:25:21
I have good news and I have semi-interesting news.

The good news is that Reset worked. At least so far.
It didn't bring bing back.... that's gone for good, after I ransacked
the Registry... but that annoying empty box stopped popping up
every time I start IE. I'll find out if it stays well-behaved after I make
a few changes on the Internet Options Security tab, to further
restrict what web pages can send to me. Just the defaults now.

The semi-interesting news is that, after not having any need to
do a System Restore in the three and a half years I've been using
Windows 7, I decided to turn it off yesterday, among the multitude
of configurations after re-installing Windows from almost scratch.
(The only thing I didn't do was re-partition and/or re-format the
hard drive.) I've even been dallying with the possibility of deleting
the System Volume Information folders on the NTFS drives...

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
September 6, 2013 at 13:36:19
Is the search provider box empty? Assuming you use some sort of search provider (Google perhaps) maybe it will now let you put it in there. It doesn't matter if you already have the same search provider as your home page - just a pointless bit of duplication which could be worth it rather than putting up with the nag box (if possible).

As for System Restore there is one way you can still have it available without keeping a whole bunch of ancient or unwanted stuff. That is by using CCleaner - which you probably have onboard anyway. In "CCleaner > Tools > System Restore" there is a list of saved restores. It will allow you to remove any that you wish except the last. Never tried it but I assume it works.

I guess you are already aware that you can change the space allocated for System Restore:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
September 11, 2013 at 02:33:11
Derek,

I missed noticing until just now that you had replied to this thread.

After the reset, the box read "Search somethingorother" in faint
gray letters, like the search box on the Start Menu. After confirming
that the "Manage Add-ons" window was no longer popping up, I set
a value in the Registry to remove the search box from IE.

If I could, I'd also remove the Favorites bar. Favorites is right on
the menu. One place is all that's needed. But the kludge to get rid
of it also gets rid of access to History completely -- for some reason
(or no reason) History *isn't* on the menu.

Thanks for the suggestion to try the Reset. I had eyed the button,
but probably wouldn't have used it if you hadn't recommended it.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
September 11, 2013 at 08:53:13
Not sure if I've totally got your drift on the space saving but you can (if it helps) right click a blank space just below the coloured bar at the top and uncheck "menu bar". There is also an option to toggle the menu bar on and off - just press the Alt key.

Sorry if none of this is really what you mean.

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