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by jbecohen / January 12, 2013 1:07 AM PST

Internet Explorer is conflicting with my Anti-Virus software. If I uninstall IE will that prevent my Windows 7 OS from operating properly?

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Please elaborate
by wpgwpg / January 12, 2013 1:15 AM PST
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How is IE interfering with your antivirus? What antivirus are you using? You have to use IE for Windows updates, and I imagine there're other dependencies as well, so I really think removing is not a good idea. You could always install Firefox from or Chrome from .

Good luck.

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not a good idea
by itsdigger / January 12, 2013 1:17 AM PST
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to uninstall IE.Your windows updates rely in it as well as some rare instances a site may only recognize it. But you should use a different browser like Firefox or Chrome. Out of curiosity , what a/v are you using?...Digger

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The story goes like this
by jbecohen / January 12, 2013 4:21 AM PST
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My copy of Mc Afee Total Protection was still on my computer however it would not popup. After and hour with Mc Afee techs they re-installed Java and that did not fix anything so they called on the second level of tech support. I spoke to the second level this morning and they did some tests and figured out the problem, they uninstalled IE 9 and downloaded and installed IE 8 and everything worked properly. The techs told me that the problem is that Mc Afee products have some conflicts with IE and that they are working on the problem now. they advised me that I could either have Mc Afee or IE 9 not both. since I use Google's web browser, since its the fastest available that is no loss there. I was thinking of uninstalling IE however I wanted to run it past others that will know more than I about the matter.

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Re: uninstall IE
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 12, 2013 4:35 AM PST

You can't uninstall IE from Windows. But you can choose to not use it, as you did.

At my work computer I have Windows 7 and McAfee, and no issues at all. So this is really surprising.


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Need to clarify a little bit
by jbecohen / January 13, 2013 2:49 AM PST
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The problem only occurs with the later versions of IE, versions 9 and 10 and only the ones built for home use, not the one sold to businesses. Yes you can get a copy of the forthcoming version of 10, I downloaded and installed it from Bill Gate's web site.

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Who's site?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2013 4:36 AM PST

That person has not been at that company for many years. Close to a decade.

His current web site appears to be writing about malaria.

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If it's bothering you, uninstall McAfee
by wpgwpg / January 12, 2013 4:49 AM PST

You can always use the free AVG, Avast, or MSE if you're worried about the conflict. You might even check with your ISP to see if they give you a free antivirus. I use Comcast and they give you a free copy of Norton Security Suite.

Good luck.

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Use different
by markj2911 / February 7, 2013 1:32 PM PST
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No need to uninstall IE from your system.
You can use other browser like Chrome or Mozilla.

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