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CNET, WebWord, and others have

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CNET, WebWord, and others have had articles about a new feature of Internet Explorer 6 that takes you to an MSN search page if you type the name of a website that doesn’t exist into your browser.

Users can turn this "feature" of IE off, but the settings are buried.

Click View > Explorer Bar > Search (or just hit Ctrl+E) to open the search bar.

Click the Customize button at the top of the search bar. The "Customize Search" dialog will open.

Click the "Autosearch Settings" button at the bottom. The "Customize Autosearch Settings" dialog will open.

From the "When Searching:" pulldown, choose "Do Not Search from the Address bar."

Click OK to close the "Customize Autosearch Settings" dialog.

Click OK to close the "Customize Search" dialog.

Click View > Explorer Bar > Search (or hit Ctrl+E) to close the search bar.

Type an invalid URL (use

You will not see the MSN autosearch page.

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