For those of you who still use IE 11 from time to time, you may have noticed that with a recent update your default search provider may have been changed to Bing. Microsoft has made a security enhancement that stops malicious software from hijacking your browser by changing the default search engine and home page. Being the dad of two teenage “gamers” who are always on the verge of downloading the latest malware I do appreciate the added security. However, one of the side “benefits” of this security update is that the default search provider is now Bing and how to change it back to Google in not 100% obvious. Microsoft posts the steps in their article here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/internet-explorer-11-settings-protection
As much as I love Microsoft products I just never find Bing very friendly for the types of searching I do which is generally looking for some very specific technical content. I think Bing might be consumer friendly, but Google wins the search engine wars in finding the content I am looking for quickly.
To change the default search engine provider back to Google, just follow the steps in the article. The screen shots below show the steps.
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Thank you! I had been searching for more than 20 minutes for this solution. Microsoft directed me to a non-existent option in the Internet Options panel. Really appreciate it.
Very clear script to set google.com as default search engine but how do I set google.co,uk as default ?
Sorry, not sure.
Go to that link. I changed the us to uk. I saw someone else having the same problem, but their default was au.
Thanks for letting us know!
They keep trying to hide it with each new IE.
I do all of these steps and when I get to screen shot 3, it doesn’t let me CLICK the purple ADD button. When I go to Manage Add-Ons, only BING shows up. I have changed it to Show: All add-ons and it’s still not showing. Like you, I just can’t get away from using Google. I love it.
Got it to work! My anti-virus program was preventing the pop up after you click the purple ADD button. 🙂
Good to know. Thanks!