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Why Your Edge Browser Installed Microsoft Office Without Asking

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Edge Chromium started out as a respectable alternative to Google Chrome on Windows, but it didn’t take long for Microsoft to turn it into a nuisance. To top it off, it looks like Edge is now a vector for installing (even more) Microsoft stuff on your PC—without you asking for it, of course.

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We don’t like bloatware, or those pre-installed apps that come on your computer or smartphone. Some of these apps are worthwhile, but most just take up space and can’t be fully removed in some cases. Some companies are worse about bloatware than others, but Microsoft is notorious for slipping extra software into Windows. And now, Windows Insiders testing the most recent Edge Chromium preview caught the browser installing Microsoft Office web apps without permission.

The reports have only come from Windows Insiders so far, but it’s unlikely these backdoor installations are an early-release bug. And this isn’t just a Microsoft problem. For example, Chrome can install Google Docs and other G Suite apps without any notification, too.

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However, unlike Chrome, Edge comes pre-installed as your operating system’s default browser. That means some users may end up with a handful of Office apps they didn’t ask for. The good news is, these Progressive Web App versions of Microsoft Office can be easily removed:

  1. Open the Control Panel app (use the Start Menu search to find it).
  2. Click “Uninstall a program” under “Programs & Features.”
  3. Scroll through the list and click to highlight the app you want to remove, then select “Uninstall.”
  4. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the process, then repeat for each app you want to remove.

Removing the PWAs that Edge secretly installs is easy, but it shouldn’t be the only option. Hopefully, Microsoft reconsiders and at least gives people the choice to say no. Edge Chromium is, otherwise, a pretty solid alternative to resource-hungry browsers like Google Chrome. Can we just have it without all the extras, please?

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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