I’m using Windows XP, with SP3. Browsers are Firefox and Maxthon. I’ve
tried to find a way to prevent Maxthon from always becoming the default
browser. Maxthon is only my backup should Firefox go down. To use Firefox now,
I have to explicitly load it and then reset it as the default. Any ideas?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #61, I look at how the Maxthon browser works and suggest a way
to keep it from setting itself as the default.
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Maxthon resets browser defaults
No. Not really. Not specifically with Maxthon if that’s what it’s going to
do, then that’s what it’s going to do.
If there’s no way to prevent it: no user interface, no option, no
“something” in the Maxthon browser that will allow you to say “Stop trying to
become my default browser.” I don’t know a way of preventing that. You may be
able to look at some anti-malware software (like maybe Spybot) that would maybe
lock something like that, but I really don’t think that’s a practical solution.
Maxthon is a user interface
However, I do have a different idea.
What most people don’t realize about Maxthon is that, in a lot of ways, it’s
not really a different browser. What Maxthon really is is a different user
interface on top of the same engine, the same browsing technology that’s used
by Internet Explorer.
In other words, Maxthon is simply using the system (the Windows
system-provided browsing utilities) to do the job of a web browser.
It has a different UI around it. It’s got a lot of features that Internet
Explorer never had for a really long time, so it got a lot of popularity that
way. But fundamentally, it’s built on the same technology as Internet
The reason I go down that path is that, if you want an alternate browser, in
reality you might as well just have Internet Explorer.
Might as well use IE
If you’re not using Maxthon as your primary browser, I’m not sure there’s a
reason to have it on there at all. I would (in fact, I do) have Firefox and
Chrome. And I have Internet Explorer as my backup browser.
So, that’s my recommendation at this point. If there’s not some other reason
that you haven’t mentioned that is causing you to have Maxthon installed on
your system, it might be time to just go ahead and remove it and let IE take
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