How to Remove the Default Search Provider Pop Up Notice on IE8

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How to Remove the Default Search Provider Pop Up Notice on IE8
The IE 8 default search pop up box can be removed. (Internet dating image by Graham Dance from Fotolia.com)

Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of Microsoft's Internet browser, comes with an array of enhancements including a built in pop-up blocker and a customisable search tool. The search tool lets you quickly enter a keyword and locate information from a variety of search providers. The search tool appears within the browser as a pop up box behind the address bar. There is no direct way within IE 8 to remove the search box, but you can remove the default search pop up box by modifying your computer's configuration.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Removing Via Group Policy

  1. 1

    Click "Start." Enter "GPEdit.msc" in the "Start Search" box.

    If using Windows XP, click "Start," then "Run." Enter "GPEdit.msc" in the box next to the wording "Open:".

  2. 2

    Press "Enter" or "Return" on your computer's keyboard. The "Group Policy Editor" will open.

  3. 3

    Double click on "User Configuration" under the heading "Local Computer Policy" in the right pane.

  4. 4

    Double click on "Administrative Templates," then "Windows Components."

  5. 5

    Double click on "Internet Explorer."

  6. 6

    Locate and double click on "Prevent Internet Explorer search box from displaying" under the "Settings" heading in the right pane.

  7. 7

    Click on the circle next to "Enabled" under the heading "Prevent Internet Explorer search box from displaying."

  8. 8

    Click "Apply," then "OK."

  9. 9

    Click "File," then "Exit" to close the Group Policy Editor.

  10. 10

    Open IE 8. The default search provider pop up notice is now removed.

    Removing Via Windows Registry

  1. 1

    Close Internet Explorer 8.

  2. 2

    Click "Start." Enter "regedit" in the "Start Search" box.

    If using Windows XP, click "Start," then "Run." Enter "regedit" in the box next to the wording "Open:".

  3. 3

    Press "Enter" or "Return" on your computer's keyboard. The "Windows Registry Editor" application will open.

  4. 4

    Scroll through the entries in the left pane of the Windows Registry Editor screen to the entry "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\InfoDelivery\Restrictions." Click on the entry.

  5. 5

    Right click in the pane on the right side of the Windows Registry Editor screen.

  6. 6

    Click "New" when the submenu appears.

  7. 7

    Click "DWORD Value."

  8. 8

    Type "NoSearchBox" in the "New Value #1" box.

  9. 9

    Double click on "NoSearchBox."

  10. 10

    Assign the entry a value of "1."

  11. 11

    Click the "X" in the upper right hand corner to close the Windows Registry Editor application.

  12. 12

    Open IE 8. The default search provider pop up notice is now removed.

Tips and warnings

  • If using the removal method in Section 2, the "Restrictions" key may not be present within the registry branches. You will have to create it by right clicking in the right pane and selecting "New." Enter the name "Restrictions" in the "New Value #1" box. Complete steps 5 through 12 in Section 2 to complete the Windows Registry modification.

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