What is Microsoft Choice Guard and how to uninstall it

When you install certain Microsoft software like say Windows Live Essentials, a piece of code called Microsoft Choice Guard, a part of the Search Enhancement Pack, is also installed. It could even have been installed via Windows Update. Many users ask. What is Choice Guard & why does it exist?

Microsoft Choice Guard

Microsoft Choice Guard will set the users homepage and search default if they chose those options during setup, by writing a value into a registry key.

Now, you may have noticed, several software during installation offer to change you home page settings as well as default search settings. Furthermore, they may also install a Service that prevents the registry key from being changed.

Choice Guard hunts down such software which may be preventing users from exercising their choices in these two respects and works around this block.

It only does this only once. If you manually change it again, it will not interfere.

Microsoft Choice Guard program folder is typically located at:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\Choice Guard

You will be able to uninstall it via Control Panel easily, should you wish to.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.