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How to disable all search providers so IE8  stops redirecting for bad url's?

Posted on 2011-09-23
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Is there a way to completely disable / uninstall  all search provider functionality in IE8 so it stops redirecting bad url's to bing, aol, etc... without even asking me! I'd rather IE just displayed the standard 404 / not found message instead.  
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Does this happen in only IE?  Which search provider does it usually redirect to?  It usually redirects to your ISP's search service.
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> Which search provider does it usually redirect to?  It usually redirects to your ISP's search service.

Know what you mean, but it's definitely IE doing the redirect.  I changed IE's "default" search provider multiple times and each time the "search service" changed ie from AOL > bing > google back to > AOL. That's how I know it's IE causing the redirect.  

Any idea on how to disable it permanently?

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Through trial and error I found a registry hack that does the trick.  Disclaimer - Don't know if it breaks anything else, just that it does what I wanted.

Using regedit, I exported a backup of this branch first
       HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}

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Then changed the values of both of these keys

        SuggestionsURLFallback  [value]  http://apil.search.live.com/.....
        URL    [value] http://search.live.com/......

... to   about:blank

        SuggestionsURLFallback  [value] about:blank
        URL    [value] about:blank

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Thanks for the response.  I finally found a registry hack that seems to work.
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Good job!  It shouldn't cause anything to break the method you did it.  Just make sure you don't delete the whole value, that will casue IE to crash.

More here on the subject (if interested):  http://serverfault.com/questions/83889/default-search-provider-in-internet-explorer-8-via-gp
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