What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
What third-party firewall (if any)? Were any of these applications running
in the background when you installed IE8?
Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
See my post with the timestamp Saturday, May 15, 2010 3:21 PM in this
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> I'm not aware of what causes this problem. After IE8 displays the
> a message pops up stating a program has attempted to change the default
> search provider .. blah blah. Bing is now the default search provide and
> can not be changed. The "Set as default" button does nothing.
> Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition SP3