MY ISP is Earthlink; I prefer their e-mail program to Outlook Express. I have often found that after any Microsoft update or any kind of program app change, whether from Microsoft or not, my browser has been changed from Mozilla Firefox to IE and my e-mail from Earthlink to Outlook Express. I have never used Outlook Express on this computer. I had used Outlook at work and not liked it very much.
Go to "set program access and defaults" after you left-click on "Start program" and use either "custom" or "non-microsoft" as a choice. Next to each of these choices will be 3 down arrows; be sure to click on this. You will be given several choices. You may just have to choose "current" for more than one category.
You may have to reset your defaults fairly frequently at times, I'm afraid. You can also set your computer to ask you what your default e-mail program is every time you boot up or get set to download e-mail. The people at Microsoft are control freaks, and not in a good way. Also the people at Google. They are trying to set access to programs based on their corporate desires and not on your own. I have also found that some websites redirect you to their browser; I frequently scan twice, using 2 different security programs, after this happens, because I don't know whether a site has done this because I try to limit Java usage on my computer or whether it is a sign of infection. fortunately, it almost always hasn't been.
I am not at all a techie. Sometimes several weeks go by when I don't have to change my defaults at all.
Edited by fuzzywuzzy6, 07 December 2008 - 09:15 PM.