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  1. #1
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    Default Microsoft Edge hijacked my wife's computer

    Has anyone experienced this? When Mary started up her HP laptop (Windows 10) this morning, there was a Microsoft Edge screen with Edge and Chrome apps on the left of the screen. Nothing else but a graphic. Then there was an option to try the new Edge browser.

    When she just hit enter it said you must sign out or all your files will be lost.

    She signed out and then saw her usual lock screen.

    WFT was that all about???
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    Default Re: Microsoft Edge hijacked my wife's computer

    It didn't hijack my computer, but they talked me into switching browsers as my default browser so I switched to edge. That is when everything quit working, I could no longer log into my bank account, I could no longer download anything ect. I switched back to Chrome and now everything is working again. The main reason I switched in the first place is that they said edge used a lot less resources. That may be, but if nothing works using edge whats the point!!!!

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    Default Re: Microsoft Edge hijacked my wife's computer

    sounds like she might have encountered Edge startup boost feature, maybe enabled through an update - but not possible to be sure without seeing it

    probably not an issue, MS are keen [some would say desperate] to push Edge at any opportunity - but as with anything unexpected an AV scan might be prudent

    you can check if startup boost is active in edge settings here:

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    You might check startup tab in task manager to see if edge is set to open on startup; and consider tweaking your windows 10 lock screen settings [if you don't know what these are then don't]

    as for the signing out, that may have been the default option or the pointer was so focused
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    Default Re: Microsoft Edge hijacked my wife's computer

    Steve - I don't even see a system performance in Settings. And I searched for Performance Boost and got nothing.

    OTOH her computer started normally this morning. So I think it was a one off or at least something that is not happening all the time.
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    Default Re: Microsoft Edge hijacked my wife's computer

    the system performance settings in question are in edge [not windows]

    how does Mary close: shutdown/hibernate/sleep ? - if hibernate/sleep then this sort of thing is more likely if you need to restart [after an update for instance]

    I don't see it as a problem; just MS being MS
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