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I tried to remove it from the add/remove program feature, and its been removed. But when I try to search IE. I found it again, and still could run on my computer. What do I do?

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Smartass answer: You don't. – Sasha Chedygov Mar 2 '10 at 23:18
install unlocker for free and use it to unlock/delete all contents of the ie program folder. no problems for me in win7 but i have no idea what will happen in xp. 6 dll's will be re-inserted but no ie garbage. – Enigma Oct 11 '13 at 21:00
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You can remove it through a lot of registry modification, but you shouldn't. It is used to render HTML for almost all apps - Outlook, Word, etc. Uninstalling it from Add/Remove just removes the icons.

Unless you want to manually edit the registry to associate each individual application that renders HTML with a different application, you should leave it as is.

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It's baked into Windows. – Josh K Mar 2 '10 at 23:12
The issue has it's own Wiki article: – John T Mar 2 '10 at 23:14
The point is that the OP did not ask whether he/she should or should not remove IE, but how it is done. – Molly7244 Mar 3 '10 at 0:05
may I remind you, the question is NOT: what are the implications of removing IE? the question IS: how to remove internet explorer permanently in xp? – Molly7244 Mar 3 '10 at 0:17
You should assume that folks actually know what they're doing and treat them accordingly rather than lecturing them on what to do and what not. Yes, removing IE does have an impact on certain functionality but that doesn't render a computer useless per se. – Molly7244 Mar 3 '10 at 0:34

The safest way to remove internet explorer completely from XP is doing it prior to the installation. you can manually edit the setup script or use nLite to prevent IE6 from being installed.

However, there are implications regarding the functionality of other windows components and programs, so you should keep at least the core.

It is also possible to remove IE after the installation but i would not recommend to go down this lane.

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Try this:

  • Open the Start menu and select "Run"
  • Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter
  • Go to User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Internet Explorer → InPrivate
  • Turn off InPrivate Browsing
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