Disable Internet Explorer’s Suggested Sites

Learn how to disable Internet Explorer’s Suggested Sites feature in Windows 7.

Disable IE Suggested Sites

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Internet Options in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Internet Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select the Advanced tab in the Internet Properties window.


  4. Uncheck Enable Suggested Sites and then click OK to save the changes.


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  1. Charles Romer says:

    Followed the instructions to uncheck “Enable Suggested Sites” and the item remains unchecked BUT Suggested Sites re-appears after 2d or 3rd reboot.

    Must be a registry edit to fix this. Can you help?

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    I don’t know of a registry fix for this yet. If you find one, please let me know. I plan on writing about registry fixes for as many of the group policy guides as I can.

  3. Rob says:

    Thanks for posting. I have the same problem … darned suggested sites come back into the favs bar after reboot.

  4. Gabi says:

    Rob says:
    December 1, 2009 at 5:48 pmThanks for posting. I have the same problem … darned suggested sites come back into the favs bar after reboot.

    it still says “Turn on Suggested Sites” in the Fav bar. Anyone figure out how to get rid of this ????? Driving me CRAZY!!! Thanks.

  5. Jim says:

    Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the IE8 suggestion box. Select Manage Search Providers. Click on EACH search provider in the list. If search suggestions is enabled, click on Disable Suggestions in the Search Suggestions line.

  6. chris says:

    Nice one Jim, your suggestion works but I went in there and deleted everything except Google anyway :)
    Muchos Gracias

  7. It’s easy to solve. Just create a new folder in the favorite bar, then drag that suggested site tab into the new folder and then set the property of the folder as hidden. Restart Internet Explorer then it is gone forever.

  8. If it still does not work, just set the Suggested Site as hidden in property.

  9. Kyle says:

    Suggested Sites link (button) vs. Search Suggestions: a clarification

    These are two completely separate “features” that seem to be confusing people all over the internets.

    First, “Suggested Sites” is the feature the author was referring to. He was correct in how to “turn it off” but it does NOT remove the “Suggested Sites” LINK (button) from the Favorites Bar. If you right click and delete the link it will simply reappear in a few days. Someone earlier in this thread pointed out that you can hide this link and that is the only way I have found to do it. I will now state the obvious, “Suggested Sites” does just that it suggests webSITES. That is in contrast to the following feature.

    “Search Suggestions” are suggestions that you see when you SEARCH from the search bar. It is suggesting WORDS to search for and is not suggesting websites. The author was not attempting to discuss this feature. As Jim stated earlier in this thread “go to the dropdown arrow to the right of the IE8 search box. Select Manage Search Providers. For each of the listed providers that has Search Suggestions labelled as Enabled, click on the provider name, and select Disable Suggestions in the Search Suggestions line”. Now when you type in the search bar you will not get suggested search results from your search provider. This is completely separate and is unrelated to the link in your Favorites bar labelled “Suggested Sites”.

    It seems Microsoft succeeded in making the terminology confusing. In short:

    “Suggested Sites” and “Search Suggestions” are completely different features.

  10. MZivko says:

    Just Use Group Policy for Professional,Ultimate, Enterprise versions of(XP, Vista, Seven)
    \Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer called “Turn on Suggested Sites”:set the radio button to Disabled and off you go!
    The orange SS button will disappear in seconds.


  11. Thomas Armour says:

    Open Google in your browser

    Top right hand corner in BLUE see search settings and click this.
    Scroll to “Google Instant” click “Do not use Google Instant” make sure “Use Google Instant “ is NOT ticked

    BE SURE TO CLICK Save Preferences.
    If you have more than one browser repeat.

    You still get a few suggestions but if you type the full address you want in search box, when completed the most of suggestions go away and “I feel lucky “ or “Google search” can be used.
    Happy days, Thomas Armour

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