Internet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable

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    Internet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable


    As stated in the title, I have a internet explorer 11 icon my desktop that can't be removed, I've also tried uninstalling internet explorer 11 entirely however the icon remains but is unusable.

    I've tried using Antivirus TotalAV to scan my computer but it didnt seem to show any results I was hoping if anybody could provide me with some assistance in removing this icon which appeared out of nowhere suddenly on my desktop.Internet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable-screenshot-119-.png
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  2. oscer1's Avatar
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    Hi you can try this. How do I remove the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop? | IT Pro
    you do not want to uninstall IE as it is still used
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    oscer1 said:
    Hi you can try this. How do I remove the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop? | IT Pro
    you do not want to uninstall IE as it is still used
    This newsletter is at least 21 years old and many things have changed, naturally. Thus the settings stated in the article isn't there anymore.
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  4. oscer1's Avatar
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    Sorry did not check date was first thing came up on google search this will be better. Remove the Internet Explorer icon from Desktop in Windows 10 - TechCult
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    commitdeath said:
    ... I've also tried uninstalling internet explorer 11 entirely however the icon remains...

    Welcome to Ten Forums.

    The correct way to 'remove' Internet Explorer is to turn it off in Windows Features. As oscer1 says, you don't want to unistall it completely by any other means as parts of it are still required by Windows.

    Internet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable-image.png
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  6. oscer1's Avatar
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    That be better than the link
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  7. Try3's Avatar
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    commitdeath said:
    I have a internet explorer 11 icon my desktop that can't be removed
    One user reported that deliberately trying to add the IE icon to the Desktop then deliberately removing it solved the problem
    Add or Remove Internet Explorer Desktop - TenForumsTutorials

    {this solution was reported in the 2016 thread IE Icon cannot be removed from my desktop - TenForums}

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    Bree said:
    Welcome to Ten Forums.

    The correct way to 'remove' Internet Explorer is to turn it off in Windows Features. As oscer1 says, you don't want to unistall it completely by any other means as parts of it are still required by Windows.

    Internet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable-image.png
    Attempted the link stated by oscer1 but it didnt seem to work, also disabled IE 11 from features but it didnt work either.

    Adding/Removing the IE didnt work either. I can only conclude that there's a very deep virus hidden in my computer or the IE icon is simply a fake also I've taken a screenshot of the options I'm given when I try to right click the "IE" iconInternet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable-screenshot-121-.png
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  9. Fabler2's Avatar
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    Try process explorer Process Explorer - Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs and the target icon over it for info. You could also try removing in safe mode.

    Internet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable-screenshot_9.png
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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    commitdeath said:
    I can only conclude that there's a very deep virus hidden in my computer or the IE icon is simply a fake also I've taken a screenshot of the options I'm given when I try to right click the "IE" iconInternet Explorer 11 Icon Unremovable-screenshot-121-.png

    The lack of a 'Properties' option is very suspicious. Try a scan with ADWCleaner, and a Defender Offline scan.

    https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/

    How to Run a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan in Windows 10
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