Block Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

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Edge Blocker is a free program for the Windows operating system that users or system administrators can make use of to block Microsoft’s new web browser Edge on the system.

Microsoft made the decision to make Edge the default browser on Windows 10, and it shows as it is integrated deeply into the system. Not only is Edge the default browser of Windows 10, it can also be quite difficult to do away with it for good in case you don’t want it to be available or used on a machine running Windows 10.

While you could change the default web browser in Settings to map another browser to Internet protocols, it won’t block Microsoft Edge on the system, and since updates of the operating system in the past have reset the default apps, you may prefer to block Microsoft Edge for good.

Edge Block

Hint: It is recommended to create a system backup before running Edge Block. While I did not notice any issues while running the program, it is always better to be on the safe side and have a backup ready should things go wrong.

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Edge Block is a free, rather simple, program designed to block Microsoft’s web browser on Windows 10 machines.

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It has been designed especially for Home and Pro versions of Windows 10, as they don’t ship with Applocker but can be used on Enterprise editions as well.

The app starts up right away after you download and unpack it on a machine running Windows 10.

Its displays two big buttons in its interface that let you block or unblock Microsoft Edge on the computer.

Please note that blocking is on a user-level only if the user account is restricted, or global if it is not.

You are probably wondering what the effect is of the blocking operation. When you try to start Microsoft Edge, or if an app or the operating system itself attempts to start it, it will be blocked from running.

Changing default apps

It is highly recommended to change the default browser of the system as certain actions may not work anymore otherwise. For instance, a click on a link in an email program may not open any web browser if Edge is still the default application for that.

  1. Press Windows-I to open the Settings pplication.
  2. Switch to System > Default apps.
  3. Locate Web Browser in the listing, click on the currently set browser, and pick another from the selection menu.

Closing Words

If you don’t want to use Microsoft Edge on a Windows 10 PC, or block it for all users, then you can use Edge Block for that.

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