JSI Tip 5343. How do I disable the Internet Explorer Search Companion in Windows XP?

When you press the Search button in Internet Explorer 6.0, the default behavior is to use the Search Companion.

You can change this behavior:

1. Press Customize.

2. Check Use Search Assistant or Use one search service.

3. Make your search service selection and press OK.

You can use the Registry Editor to turn off Search Companion and default to Search Assistant:

1. Copy / Paste the following to a IENoSC.bat file:

@echo off
@echo REGEDIT4>"%temp%\IENoSC.reg"
@echo \[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\]>>"%temp%\IENoSC.reg"
@echo "Use Search Asst"="no">>"%temp%\IENoSC.reg"
regedit /s "%temp%\IENoSC.reg"

2. Double-click or run the IENoSC.bat file.

NOTE: You can reverse the process by setting Use Search Asst to yes.



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