How To Get Internet Explorer Back

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I had a virus so I scanned my computer.

I know little about computers, so I keep trying to figure out how to get rid of anything I shouldn’t have and have gotten rid of things I should have, namely Internet Explorer!!!

Haven’t found the original cd that came with the computer. Is there any other way to get Internet Explorer back?

I can get on the internet using firefox, but it just isn’t the same.

Many thanks! Mary

Dear Mary,

There are a couple of ways that you can get Internet Explorer back. The first is in the Control Panel, and the second is to download it from Microsoft’s website.

For the first method, open the “Control Panel” and click on the “Uninstall a Program” or, “Programs and Features” link.

In the left column of this window, click on the link that says, “Turn Windows Features on or off”, and wait for the list of features to load.

Click to put a check mark in front of, “Internet Explorer” and click the “OK” button at the bottom of the dialog box.

If, for some reason this method doesn’t work, you can actually go to Microsoft’s website at: and download a fresh copy of Internet Explorer.



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    • Rhino
    • May 27, 2014

    I’d suggest that you not reinstate Internet Explorer. Even the latest version has been discovered to have serious security flaws.

    My preferences would be, in this order:

    Opera 12.x
    Firefox (latest version is a BIG improvement visually)
    Opera 21.x

    If you are wondering why I prefer the older Opera browser it is very simple. It has a favorites that you can edit and see in a tree like structure. Latest incarnation uses the abominable Chrome style where it is all in a long ticker tape style the bar above the actual browser window where you see the content.

    With over 1000 favorites you can imagine the NIGHTMARE of scrolling til you find that favorite from 15 months ago where you want to go today.

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