Default Search Provider Live.com

Question:  I keep getting the message “a program on your computer has corrupted your default search provider setting for internet explorer.”  The default provider is search.live.com and I am unable to change it. I am using Windows XP.  What to do?

Answer:  The following has worked for me.  Only do this if you are comfortable making changes in the registry of your computer.

  • Click on the Start Button
  • Click on Run
  • Type in “regedit”
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  • Go to Software
  • Go to Microsoft
  • Go to Windows
  • Go to Current Version
  • Go to Explorer
  • Go to User Shell Folders
  • Right click in the white space to the right then hover over new and select string value and rename it “AppData”
  • Then right click on AppData
  • Then click on modify and in the value data box type in %USERPROFILE%\Application Data
  • Click ok
  • Close the registry editor
  • Open Internet Explorer and the pop-up should be gone
  • Click on “tools” then “manage add ons” then “search providers”
  • Make sure that you have more than one search provider in the list.  If you don’t, click on find more search providers at the bottom and select your choice.
  • When you are finished, click on the new search provider and set it to default.  Then click on Live Search and remove it.

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