Y2k Tech: Removing the Freeserve branding on Internet Explorer

January 5th, 2013 by Richy B. Leave a reply »

I’m adding the details of how to remove the Freeserve branding from Internet Explorer here for historical reasons. Although in 2013, this information should no longer be needed (it was back in 2000ish when I originally wrote it). So please be aware this is massively outdated and probably no longer relevant information, but I like to archive stuff šŸ˜‰

To remove the Freeserve branding, you can delete the directory called /signup located in “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer”.
If you just wish to delete the toolbar motif, just delete the file toolbar.bmp from “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Signup\”.
To completely erase all mention of Freeserve from your system, you can remove the appropriate registry settings.
We do not advise modification of registry settings by untrained personnel You can modify your registry settings using the regedit tool. If you wish to do this, from the Start menu, go to Run, and type ‘regedit’. Search for those Keys which refer to Freeserve and, if you wish, remove them. Remember to make a back-up of the registry before making any changes.
Outstanding items that you may wish to remove that are not covered by the instructions above include:

To modify the title of Internet Explorer:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Right click on Window Title to edit.
To modify title of Outlook Express:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express
Right click on Window Title to edit
To remove the Infopane at the bottom of Outlook Express:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express
Remove the key ‘BodyBarPath’ in the same section as above.

This post is over 6 months old.

This means that, despite my best intentions, it may no longer be accurate.

This blog holds over 12 years of archived content - during that time, I may have changed my opinion of something, technology will have advanced (and old "best standards" may no longer be the case), my technology "know how" has improved etc etc - it would probably take me a considerable amount of time to update all the archival entries: and defeat the point of keeping them anyway.

Please take these posts for what they are: a brief look into my past, my history, my journey and "caveat emptor".

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