KB2988414 and default search provider via INSTALL.INS RRS feed

  • Question

  • I use Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to preset search providers.

    IEAK lets you nominate the default search provider (the one I have preset isn't Bing).

    This creates [SearchProviders] in an INSTALL.INS file.  You can transfer this to

    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\SIGNUP\install.ins

    Before installing KB2988414, this process "just works".

    After installing KB2988414, when you logon with a new profile, which triggers the Internet Explorer new profile process, Internet Explorer shows

    An unknown program would like to change your default search provider to "[provider]"

    However, this is a legitimate, Microsoft-provided process, not malicious software.

    If I remove the following parameter from the [SearchProviders] block, then I no longer get the message, but the search provider defaults to Bing.


    I believe this is a defect.

    Kind regards,


    Friday, August 29, 2014 12:42 PM


All replies

  • Hi  Anwar,

    Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section, the explanation can be found at:

    The information you provided will be helpful in improving this!


    Wade Liu
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, September 1, 2014 9:59 AM
  • Wade or any other resource, has there been any progress in this area? Its been over 4 months and this is still an open issue, which is actually guide a significant problem in my enterprise.
    Friday, January 9, 2015 10:41 PM
  • Does anyone from MS have an answer or update on this?
    Monday, January 12, 2015 2:27 PM
  • No response so created a new post:

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 2:30 PM