One of the big annoyances about upgrading to the Windows 10 operating system is that Microsoft always recommends its own products or services to users. Even if we have previously manually designated a third party, we may be replaced after a casual software or system upgrade, especially after the company’s full transition to Chromium Edge. Also, when you perform a web query in the search box, or ask Cortana for some information, the default returned result is also from Microsoft’s Bing Search.
While Chromium Edge and Bing Search have done a pretty good job, the twisting melons are not sweet enough for users who prefer to use the products and services of other vendors.
If you want to force Windows 10 to always use a designated browser and search engine, consider the Search Deflector solution on GitHub.
After the latest update, this tool has supported forcing Windows 10 to select the specified default browser and search engine options. You only need to complete your preferences when you first run the software, and then you can set it aside.
It is important to note that developers offer both free and paid versions of Search Deflector. Although the features are the same, the free version is unsigned and may cause false positives for some anti-virus software.