If you want to remove Microsoft Edge from your Windows 10 PC, you should read it. In general, it is not a good idea to completely disable Edge, as it can cause unwanted problems with your operating system. Fortunately, there are still methods to hide it and prevent it from affecting your PC experience.
There is a reason why Microsoft does not allow you to uninstall Microsoft Edge. There are some integrations with the operating system that Microsoft Edge has and on which Windows 10 is based. Following the online guides to completely uninstall Microsoft Edge can cause you some unwanted side effects due to this.
Instead of uninstalling Microsoft Edge, you can simply hide it from view and make sure it doesn’t affect your PC’s performance. That way, it doesn’t get into day-to-day activities.
Stop all Microsoft Edge redirects
The first step is to prevent Windows 10 applications like Cortana or any operating system link from sending you through Microsoft Edge instead of the default web browser. To do this, we will use a tool called EdgeDeflector. It is a small application that will intercept links from your operating system that are normally forced through Microsoft Edge. These links will be redirected to your default web browser.
To use EdgeDeflector, visit the Github page and download the latest Edge_Deflectorinstall.exe from Versions of Github. Once installed, open the Edge_Deflector installation file and go through the installation process.
After installation, a pop-up window will appear asking you how you want to open it? Click on EdgeDeflector. All forced Microsoft Edge links will now open in your default browser. Want to test if it works? Press Windows key + R to open the Run menu.
Then write microsoft-edge: //example.com/ and then click Okay. This is the same URI that was used to send forced links to Microsoft Edge, but EdgeDeflector should now initiate and redirect that link through the default browser.
If you’re having trouble, make sure you’ve set your default web browser. Type Default web on the Start menu and click Choose a default web browser. Make sure you have selected your preferred option in your web browser.
Hide Microsoft Edge searches and Stop Bing searches
The next step is to remove Microsoft Edge that does not appear on your PC. Then I will guide you to redirect your Bing searches. First, open the Start menu and type Microsoft Edge. Right-click the start menu icon, and then click cancels the Home setting i detach it from the taskbar.
By default, Microsoft Edge will not start when you start your PC, so at this point you will no longer see any of them in the start menu or taskbar and will not run in the background.
Also, nothing you do on your PC will open in Microsoft Edge. For example, typing a search in the start menu and clicking see web results will now open in the default browser. However, you may notice that searches are still open on Bing.
If you want to redirect search results to another search engine, you must use an extension in the browser of your choice. For example, in Google Chrome you can use it Chromethane to redirect the bing search to a different search engine.
Click on the link above to install Chrometana as an extension. Click on add to Chrome to install it. Once installed, choose the default search engine. Google, DuckDuckGo, and Yahoo are available, but you can also click the advanced settings to enter a custom web search.
After that, when you do a web search through the Start menu or through Cortana, you will be redirected through the chosen search engine. There’s a small period of time added to the search due to redirection, but if you don’t support Bing, it’s a worthwhile sacrifice.
If you use Firefox, I suggest you use Bing2Google. You can install Bing2Google by visiting the page Google Bing2Google Extension Page in Firefox and clicking Add to Firefox. Click on add when the extension asks you for permission. The only permission you specifically need is to access the URL data when you visit bing.com. You will not have access to anything else.
All Bing searches, regardless of origin, will be redirected to Google. This includes searches in Cortana or the Start menu.
Thanks for reading my guide on how to remove Microsoft Edge. This guide helped explain how to stop Windows 10 from redirecting you to Edge.
I’ve also explained how to prevent Bing from being the forced search engine when searching through Windows 10. If this guide didn’t help you solve your problem, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to help.