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Ok To Completely Remove Ie?

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#1 madman6510


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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:00 AM

Is it safe to permanently remove Internet Explorer? I use Firefox, and don't want IE hanging around, because my friends always automatically use it, and I'm worried about a virus entering the network and destroying my computers and work. Is IE really used for anything important, will I screw something up if I get rid of it?

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:07 AM

You shouldn't remove IE completely. It is an integral part of the operating system and if you remove it some windows components won't function anymore (like automatic updates).
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:12 AM

You will need IE to access Windows Update. Delete the icons from the desktop but do not delete any IE files.
I have aways used IE for one thing or another and have not had a virus since '03. I also run..
4 Antispyware
Firewall (software)
Keep all windows applications updated
Am behind a NAT router
Use MacAfee SiteAdvisor
and never open attachments.
That would server you better than worrying about IE and it's security hole. If you or your friends download P2P, you are at a greater risk that simply using IE.
I am with you though, I much prefer FireFox over IE.
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 05:47 AM

I agree with Acklan on this - remove all reference to IE from the places that your "friends" would typically go looking for it. Should you need it, it's easy to launch it using the Run dialog by typing in "iexplore" (without the quotes) and pressing Enter.
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