Try running IE8 with add-ons disabled.
Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Internet Explorer (No
Add-ons) to start IE8 without any add-ons. Try using the browser and see if
the same problem arises.
If the problem does not occur again, start IE8 normally, go to Tools (if the
menu bar does not appear, hit the Alt key on the keyboard) > Manage Add-ons.
Disable all the add-ons under 'Toolbars and Extensions'. Enable each add-on
one at each time and see if the problem occurs again. Once it occurs again
after enabling an add-on, you have nailed the culprit.
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"Annie Woughman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> WinXP - IE 8 The option for choosing a default search provider will not
> work. Whenever I open IE a box pops up stating:
> "A program on your computer has corrupted your default search provider
> setting for Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer has reset this setting
> to your original search provider Live Search (search.live.com) Internet
> Exploer will now open Search Settings, where you can change this setting
> or install more search providers. OK"
> Only problem being, Live Search has never been my default search--I
> use Google and when I try to deselect Live Search as default, nothing
> happens--it is impossible to get rid of it. Today Live Search Changed to
> Bing and the same thing happenes. I can install Google till the cows come
> home but it will not show as my default search and I am getting sick of
> that stupid box popping up. I have uninstalled and re-installed IE 8
> three times now and still same problem. (I have no added toolbars or
> anything else.) Please help.