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  1. Posts : 13,770
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #21

    Oops, misread the Now, from out of nowhere, my DuckDuckGo (default) Search takes place in the address bar. part.
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  2. Posts : 1,697
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #22

    Have you looked at Sordum's latest version of Edge Blocker?
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  3. Posts : 421
    Windows 10
       #23

    From what i have read, Edge cannot be removed...Just set Firefox as your default browser and don't open up Edge anymore...
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  4. Posts : 18,045
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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       #24

    MS Edge is deep rooted into the OS, and it is advisable to NOT attempt to Remove / Delete it .

    If you do NOT want MS Edge to automatically open when you click links or as your Default Browser, then Edge Deflector is excellent. You can set whatever Browser as your Default Browser. I use it and have Google Chrome set as my Default Browser . . .

    About EdgeDeflector:

    EdgeDeflector is a small helper application that intercepts URIs that force-open web links in Microsoft Edge and redirects it to the system’s default web browser. This allows you to use Windows features like the Cortana assistant and built-in help links with the browser of your choice instead of being forced to use Microsoft Edge. With EdgeDeflector, you’re free to use Firefox, Google Chrome, or whatever your favorite web browser might be!

    You’ll never see EdgeDeflector ever again after installing it. It does its thing transparently in the background and only runs when a link needs to be deflected away from Microsoft Edge.

    > EdgeDeflector

    I hope this helps.
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  5. Posts : 21
    Windows 10
       #25

    My default browser is Firefox. I have never knowingly "opened" Edge. Edge just keeps appearing on my task bar. I don't use Cortana. Thank you for the suggestions: I'm going to install Edge Deflector, check out Edge Blocker, and cross my fingers..
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  6. Posts : 42,496
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #26

    You can unpin Edge from the taskbar of course, and Edge Deflector seems to work well. Certain features invoke Edge by default e.g. info on lock screen pictures- Edge Deflector redirects those to your default browser.
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  7. Posts : 18,045
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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       #27

    Edge Deflector also redirects you to your Default Browser when using Links in Settings and Control Panel [ Ease of Access Centre as one example ].
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  8. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #28

    Paul Black said:
    [2] Open the folder => C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    Has anyone suggested locking the folder via NSudo?
    I have used it to lock the "Microsoft Update Health Tools" folder.
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  9. Posts : 42,496
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #29

    What actually happens then if, for example, you click on the lock screen to find out more about the spotlight image (which would normally open Edge)?
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  10. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #30

    I wonder how to bring up the lock screen.
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