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Seems to be working for me.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie9-windows_7/disable-suggested-sites-does-not-work/4ba064b1-1c6e-43f1-939e-2db1d335b2ef?page=2&msgId=6af3d743-1475-4ca4-9562-330409c9c76d

DavidLewis111 replied on April 14, 2012

After trying everything...including the Microsoft instructuions,,,the only thing that worked was...

- Go to start run (windows key + R) and type in gpedit.msc
- Local Computer Policy --> User Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Windows Components --> Internet Explorer
- Look for and double click "Turn on Suggested Sites" (it's not configured by default, which explains why it keeps coming back)
- Click the "Disable" radio button --> Apply --> Ok

 Unfortunatly, it only works if you can access gpedit

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An easier way would be to right click on "Suggested Sites" and then select delete.  That worked for me.

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An easier way would be to right click on "Suggested Sites" and then select delete.  That worked for me.
Well BondServant, that’s great, but for me and others it just keeps coming back.
This was the only solution that worked for me.

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Actually the best solution is to avoid IE altogether. ;-)

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Actually the best solution is to avoid IE altogether. ;-)

Here, here!

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http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2009/11/04/reasons-internet-explorer/



I have two monitors and use Firefox almost exclusively on my left screen.
On my right screen I use IE8 mostly to watch Netflix and do windows updates.

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I used to like Firefox a lot.  But the last 2 major versions (16 and 17) have radically changed both the look/feel and coding which has made it go down big time in my book.  It reacts badly with certain monitor/video card combos and they lost the title bar on their header. They at least admit to hiding the File Edit and View pull downs (which I reactivated) but there is no mention of the missing address bar.

And the IT guys are telling me they will be pulling FF from all the machines here in a couple of months. They just rolled out IE 9 to everyone and some have REEEEEALL problems with it conflicting with other programs being run.

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So if IE9 is causing problems and FF is being pulled, what will you use? Chrome?

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So if IE9 is causing problems and FF is being pulled, what will you use? Chrome?

Well, IE 10 is out for Windows 7 and 8.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-10/worldwide-languages

Firefox is up to 19.0.2 on release channel, works great for me. Also 20.0 Beta 6.

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So if IE9 is causing problems and FF is being pulled, what will you use? Chrome?
Yes.  Last year they moved the email of the whole federal department of Commerce to Google gmail; and it only works completely in Chrome. (with the tie in to google docs and calendar)

Chrome to me is just plain annoying.

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Seems to be working for me.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie9-windows_7/disable-suggested-sites-does-not-work/4ba064b1-1c6e-43f1-939e-2db1d335b2ef?page=2&msgId=6af3d743-1475-4ca4-9562-330409c9c76d

DavidLewis111 replied on April 14, 2012

After trying everything...including the Microsoft instructuions,,,the only thing that worked was...

- Go to start run (windows key + R) and type in gpedit.msc
- Local Computer Policy --> User Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Windows Components --> Internet Explorer
- Look for and double click "Turn on Suggested Sites" (it's not configured by default, which explains why it keeps coming back)
- Click the "Disable" radio button --> Apply --> Ok

 Unfortunatly, it only works if you can access gpedit

http://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-group-policy-editor-gpedit-msc-in-windows-7-home-premium-home-basic-and-starter-editions/

DISCLAIMER: This utility has been shared for the sake of knowledge sharing. Patching system files using 3rd party software might be dangerous for your system. We do not recommend it and we'll not be responsible if it harms your system.

UPDATE: According to some readers, this tool also works fine in Windows 8.

Many times we post tutorials which require Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). But some Windows 7 editions (Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter) don't come with Group Policy Editor. Only Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions come with Group Policy Editor installed.

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Actually the best solution is to avoid IE altogether. ;-)
::amen!::

FF version up to 20.0.1, I ditched FF some time ago after almost 10 years of use. Biggest annoyance is the constant crashing of Flash, almost every site requires Flash now so it's Mozilla that is having the issues.

I've managed to customize Chrome to just about mimic my FF install ( I did like the FF UI).

Another good browser option is Opera, very fast and stable.

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I've never heard of Opera.

Any info about it to offer?


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Actually the best solution is to avoid IE altogether. ;-)

I favor Chrome, myself.