• http://www.38pages.com 38pages

    I’m more surprised that there are that many people using IE6 still! Seriously… If you are sophisticated enough to know how to set your default search provider you should also know how to download a functional web browser.

  • Anon Cow

    I think that anyone who is surprised that there are that many people using IE6 is out of touch with the general populace who lack the incentive, skills, computing power, or desire to upgrade anything that, in their opinion, ain’t broke.

    Seriously, when you view things in context and look at the big picture, it’s clear that historically Microsoft believes it’s okay to force the user to comply, upgrade, pay again, be assimilated only if they don’t *get caught* at breaking antitrust law. It’s not getting caught at forcing users to upgrade that is the problem, it’s forcing them to in the first place.

    I don’t understand why anyone would be happy as a sheep with Microsoft as their Shepperd, poking with the staff and saying, “Move along, everybody upgrade now, onto the treadmill you get.”

  • Bernie

    Well for me it was when I upgraded to IE 8. It keeps defaulting back to the bing home page even after I change it to google.

    It changes back when I reboot. So there is someting else going on here!

  • Bernie

    It also is having the same effect on Firefox !! It changes my Firefox home page to BING!

    What is going on?

  • http://cheinyeanlim cheinyeanlim

    For years, Microsoft has tried to shrug off its reputation as a monopolistic tyrant. Today comes news that seems to undermine those efforts pretty badly.

  • Beth2

    I’m using IE7 and it’s doing the same thing, I even chose an option in Google to not allow other search engines to change my default and to notify me when it happens. Bing is still taking over and putting itself as my default search engine.

    I don’t think it’s a \bug\ at all, I’m so angry!

  • hajo joseph

    even after following these methods i couldn’t list google in manage providers.
    This link has simple method to add google as default search engine in ie. http://ajoeblk.blogspot.in/2012/06/how-to-set-google-as-default-search.html