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Published on 06.04.09 by Brent Trahan

Restrict Changing the Default Search Provider in Internet Explorer

Learn how to prevent changing Internet Explorer’s search provider in Windows 7.

This policy setting prevents you from setting the default search provider for the address bar and the Toolbar Search Box.

If you enable this policy setting, users will not be able to change the default search provider.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users will have the freedom to change the default search provider.

Prevent Changing Internet Explorer’s Search Provider

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Restrict changing the default search provider in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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