A program on your computer has corrupted your default search

Every time I start Internet Explorer 8 I get this error message;

 

Internet Explorer – Search Provider Default

A program on your computer has corrupted your default search provider settings for Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer has reset this setting to your original search provider, Live Search, (search.live.com)

Internet Explorer will now open search settings, where you can change this setting or install more search providers.

OK

 

Then you click OK, and a new box comes up; [ Manage Add-ons ]

But it won’t allow you change the default, which I don’t really care about. Then you click close and it goes away, but the next time you start up Internet Explorer, you get the same thing again, and have to go through the same routine.

 

I went to tools-advanced and reset IE8 personal settings. I even reinstalled IE8. I also removed the Google and Yahoo tool bars. Still same problem. It’s driving me nuts, what can I do to get this fixed????

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Hey Tonysportsfan,

 

A corrupted user account can cause the message you are receiving in Internet Explorer. You can test/fix this by:

·         Click Start

·         Click Control Panel

·         Click User Accounts and Family Safety and/or User Account (depending on your view settings)

·         Click Manage another Account

·         Click Create a new account

·         Type the name of the user account

·         Click the account type (make it administrator if you are replacing an administrator account)

·         Click Create Account

·         Log off the current user

·         Log into the new user

Test to see if you get the same corrupted search provider message in the new user account. If you don’t receive the error message follow these steps to copy over your user profile.

·         Log out of the new user

·         Log into the old user

·         Click Start

·         Click Documents

·         Click Tools (Press Alt if Tools isn’t visible)

·         Click Folder Options

·         Click View

·         Click Show hidden files and folders

·         Clear Hide protected operating system files

·         Click OK

·         Navigate to C:\Users\<old username>

·         Select all files and folders except files that contain:

o   Ntuser.dat

o   Ntuser.dat.log

o   Ntuser.ini

·         Click Edit (Press Alt if not visible)

·         Click Copy

·         Navigate to C:\Users\<new username>

·         Click Continue

·         Click Edit (Press Alt is not visible)

·         Click Paste

·         Check the Do this for all current items box

·         Click Yes

·         Check the Do this for all current items box

·         Click Copy and Replace

·         Check the Do this for all current items box

·         Click Continue

·         Log off the old user

·         Log back into the new user

 

Hope that helps, look forward to hearing back from you.


Steven
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Last updated November 18, 2018 Views 73,897 Applies to:

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