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Netscape Communicator 4.5 changes search engine in Internet Explorer

By: Arie Slob

Many people have been complaining that after they installed Netscape Communicator 4.5 the default search engine in Internet Explorer was changed to the Netscape default (Netcenter).

When you installed Communicator 4.5 it it should have presented you with a dialog box "Windows Integration Options", which let you determine, among other things, whether to have Netcenter as your search engine in ALL (including IE) browsers.

Note: This question is apparently only asked if you choose Custom Installation.

To change it back:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main
  3. Double click the Search Page, and change the url to:


    (To make it more easy for you to copy/paste, we've put the string in a text box).

  4. If you have a Search Bar key, make sure the URL is:

  5. Also go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main
  6. Double click the Default_Search_URL, and change the url to:


    (To make it more easy for you to copy/paste, we've put the string in a text box).

  7. Close the registry editor and restart Internet Explorer

Alternatively you can download this registry patch. Save it to your desktop, then just double-click to import the registry info in your registry.


There is another Key in the registry which controls the default search page, so if the solution above didn't work, try also this key:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ SearchUrl
  3. The (Default) key should have the value:

    (To make it more easy for you to copy/paste, we've put the string in a text box).

Alternatively you can download this registry patch. Save it to your desktop, then just double-click to import the registry info in your registry.