Block Internet Explorer 8 From Automatic Installation

“What happened to my web browser? And why isn’t my company login working?!…” Don’t worry, it wasn’t your dog chewing on your laptop again, it was “Automatic Updates” giving you the latest “security patches and fixes”. But wait. This time it included something else … not that you asked for it, but you now have been automatically “upgraded” from Internet Explorer 7 to IE8!

While I am all for security patches and the other necessary updates that Automatic Updates pushes to my computer automatically, I’m not so thrilled when my web browser is given an overhaul without my permission. I personally have it set on my system to “review my updates before installing” nonetheless, I don’t want to constantly be manually canceling the IE8 upgrade twice a week with my auto-updates manager. [Read more…]