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I'm using Windows 7 Professional 32-bit and am trying to remove the Internet Explorer 8 icon from my desktop as I don't use it.

I've tried:

  • Turning IE 8 off from the Control Panel but the stubborn icon still remains.
  • Right-clicking on the icon and selecting Delete but it takes me to the Internet Properties window.
  • Dragging the icon to the Recycle Bin but it still remains.

I'm running avast! Antivirus so I don't think it's a virus. What can I do to get rid of this icon?

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dragging it to the trash worked for me. – lajuette Oct 24 '10 at 15:09

I found a way to remove the icon. Locate the following key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

Search in it, find the "Internet Explorer" name and delete it. After refreshing the desktop, the icon is gone.

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Thanks for posting the solution – Moab Oct 24 '10 at 15:14

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