How can I stop (XP Pro) IE8 from claiming itself to be the default browser ?

I noticed a few days ago that, suddenly, IE8, which I rarely use, was popping up as the default browser whenever I clicked on an email containing a link to a website.  I have tried the tick to "Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default browser" several times but it makes no difference.

I have been using the Avant browser for many years and am familiar with it and I find IE very annoying and relatively slow.
dlznetAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Tools > Internet Options > Programs Tab
Uncheck the first option on that page.  Then get your favorite browser set as default
0
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Sorry - you said you did that already!
You need to change the setting in Avant (or if that doesn't work in the registry)
See this link
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
dlznetAuthor Commented:
Thank you - I did look there a few days ago but I missed it for some reason - probably panic!
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Applications

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.