How to Block the Edge Browser in Windows 10

How To Block Edge Browser In Windows 10

Despite the many tips and tricks Edge has to offer, many users are sill reluctant t use it as their preferred browser for many reasons. It doesn’t have cross-platform support, some users consider it spyware, and it doesn’t have support for extensions (at least for now, though Microsoft says that it is working on that). In Edge you can’t sync your bookmarks and open on various computers as you would in Chrome or Firefox. Edge also has many common vulnerabilities and exposures that are found in Internet Explorer and that make users want to stay as far from Edge as possible.

Regardless of the reasons, if you want to block Edge altogether and use another browser as the default (unfortunately, there is no legal way we can uninstall Edge from our Windows 10 computers), Edge Blocker is a tool you will want to be familiar with.

Edge Blocker is an excellent tool for beginners because it’s so easy to install and use. Do note that you will need administrative privileges for Edge Blocker to work. By running Edge Blocker with administrative privilege, the changes you make will affect all the accounts on a Windows 10 computer.

Warning: users have also reported problems with OneDrive and other integrated tools after using Edge Blocker, but if you’re like me and don’t use OneDrive then you should be OK.

If you do use OneDrive, give the software a try, and if you do experience the same issues, then it’s up to you if you want to uninstall Edge Blocker. If you have been using Edge as your default browser until now, remember to change that before you get the software running.

1. First things first. You are obviously going to need to download Edge Blocker.

2. Extract the file you downloaded to get it running, right-click on the executable file and select “Run as administrator.” If you see the following image, select More Info and choose Run anyway.

Edge_Blocker_Warning

3. In the following images, you will see Edge Blocker with a blue and red incomplete circle around it. The blue circle means that Edge Blocker is not enabled, but after clicking on the block button, the circle should turn red.

Edge_Block_Red_Circle

I told you that installing Edge Blocker was easy; you are done! Now you won’t have to put up with the browser anymore. Feels good, right?

Unfortunately, there is no permanent way to get rid of Microsoft Edge; so, for now, we can either block it or make another browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, our default browser. You never know, maybe one day Edge will be a browser we will actually want to use.

Are you thinking of blocking Edge on your computer? Share your thoughts in the comments.

12 comments

  1. Don’t really understand why this is needed at all. I use Chrome without issues. Some websites at work require IE, and when they do I use Edge without and have not had problems with do so. I don’t agree with doing this without know all the ramifications. Not smart!

    • Well, I was going edit the grammar mistakes I made in my first postbut I don’t see an edit button… oh well

      • I will try it because whenever I go to make Epic or Firefox my default browser, some how Edge or Win 10 blocks my action and I’m stuck with Edge as the default browser.

    • Hi Mike,
      Every user has a different experience with Edge and some just think it’s better to block it. I´m glad that you have had a good experience with it. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  2. i haven’t used IE since i was 15…i use firefox or comodo icedragon now…sometimes i use tor browser.
    never really cared for IE at all

    • Hi Brigit,
      I can´t even remember the last time I used IE. I also use Firefox, but never used Tor, but always wanted to check it out, but I keep forgetting, ha ha. Have you been using it for very long? =-)

  3. I use Kubuntu personally, but I know that with IE in Windows 7/8/8.1 you could turn it off using the turn Windows features on or off menu and I am wondering if there is a similar option for Edge in Windows 10? By turn off I don’t mean uninstall it (as that is impossible legally as you mentioned), the installation would still be there but just not used for anything or show up in any menus. At any rate that might be worth looking into because if you can turn it off then you don’t need to block it, and if you don’t need to block it then you don’t need the blocker installed.

    • Hi Michael,
      I don´t thin there is an off switch. Looks like Microsoft decided to take that out so we wouldn´t be able to do that anymore. Have you tried just changing your default browser? =-)

      • Like I said I use Kubuntu (which is Linux) so I don’t deal with Edge personally, but I guess it makes sense that Microsoft wouldn’t want you to turn it off as it integrates with Cortana and other Windows 10 features. Thanks for the information about no possible way to turn Edge off like IE though. I’ll keep that in mind if I help my friends with their computers. Thank you again and have a good day.

  4. I’m using Linux Mint 17.3 with google chrome, but sometimes I dual-boot windows 10 for printing only, because Linux does not support my old Epson printer. I used Edge Blocker because edge pops up unexpectedly sometimes, although my default browser is chrome (even in windows). It works fine on my PC. I also turned off Cortana by finding its location and renaming it quickly after stopping it from the running applications switch list (ctrl+shift+esc).

    • Hi Chavellas,
      Looks like Edge Blocker is working out for you. That´s great. Thanks for the tip on turning off Cortana. =-)

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