Archive for November, 2013

Removing and Preventing the Automatic Reinstall of Internet Explorer 11

November 26, 2013

To remove IE 11

Control Panel –> Uninstall a Program –> View Installed Updates

IE 10 Uninstall

Right click on the Windows Internet Explorer 10 entry then left click on the uninstall option that appears.

A reboot is required to complete the removal of IE 11.  After the reboot IE 10 should be available.

Prevent the automatic reinstall of IE 11

Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 10 Installation Blocker Toolkit.  This tool will prevent the automatic installation of Internet Explorer 10.  The toolkit can be downloaded here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40722

  1. Download and Run IE11_BlockerToolkit.EXE. Specify a location for the files.
  2. Open a command prompt with administrative privileges.  Right click on Command Prompt in Accessories and select Run As Administrator.  Change to the directory that contains the toolkit.
  3. Type IE11_Blocker.cmd /b at the command prompt.  A confirmation will display indicating whether or not the command completed successfully.

The block can be disabled by entering IE11_Blocker.cmd /u at a command prompt.

A PC can still be manually updated to IE 10 even with the block enabled.

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Free Protection From Crytolocker Ransomware

November 20, 2013

This tool will not prevent Cryptolocker from infecting your system, but it will prevent the malware from encrypting your files.  It is from the makers of Hitman Pro, it is available here:

http://www.surfright.nl/en/alert/cryptoguard