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Remove default favorites for IE6

Posted on August 13th, 2008

By default Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) includes some default favorites on the favorites menu. For example:

In a Cirtix environment this is not desirable and they can be removed.

Locate the following file:

  • C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\SIGNUP\install.ins

Edit with notepad to view something similar to the below:

[Branding]
CompanyName=Microsoft Corporation
Wizard_Version=6.0.3790.0
Version=6,0,3790,0
Custom_Key=MICROSO
Global=1
IE4 Welcome Msg=1
Platform=2
GUID={7211FFE6-C149-11D0-AFF0-00AA003758BB}
Type=0
NoClear=1

[URL]
Quick_Link_1_Name = %QL10%.url
Quick_Link_1      = http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=CLinks
Quick_Link_2_Name = %QL20%.url
Quick_Link_2      = http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=hotmail
Quick_Link_3_Name = %QL30%.url
Quick_Link_3      = http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=windows
Quick_Link_4_Name = %QL40%.url
Quick_Link_4      = “http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=windowsmedia”

[FavoritesEx]
Title1=%FAV1%.url
URL1=http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=IStart
Title2=%FAV2%.url
URL2=http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=windows&sbp=mediaplayer&plcid=&pver=6.1&os=&over=&olcid=&clcid=&ar=Media&sba=RadioBar&o1=&o2=&o3=
Title3 = %FAV3%
Url3   = “http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=favextra”

; String section for install.ins
[Strings]
QL10 = “Customize Links”
QL20 = “Free Hotmail”
QL30 = “Windows”
QL40 = “Windows Media”
FAV1 = “MSN.com”
FAV2 = “Radio Station Guide”
FAV3 = “”
EB0  = “Search the web”
EB1  = “News”

Remove the text under the section headers URL, Favorites, Strings to show the following:

[Branding]
CompanyName=Microsoft Corporation
Wizard_Version=6.0.3790.0
Version=6,0,3790,0
Custom_Key=MICROSO
Global=1
IE4 Welcome Msg=1
Platform=2
GUID={7211FFE6-C149-11D0-AFF0-00AA003758BB}
Type=0
NoClear=1

[URL]

[FavoritesEx]

; String section for install.ins
[Strings]

These default favorites will no longer appear for new users.

  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Add to favorites
  • FriendFeed
  • Google Buzz
  • LinkedIn
  • Live
  • MySpace
  • Reddit
  • RSS

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