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Newly updated EdgeDeflector fights back when Windows 10 ignores your default settings

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What you need to know

  • EdgeDeflector just received an update to version
  • The app redirects links to your browser of choice, including links that normally ignore default browser settings.
  • The recent update to EdgeDeflector updates the app to .NET Framework 4.8.

Many are frustrated that Windows 10 and Windows 11 don't always follow default browser settings. Certain aspects of the operating systems open webpages in Microsoft Edge, regardless of which browser someone has set as a default. In comes EdgeDeflector, an app designed to quietly intercept any redirects to Edge back to your browser of choice. The app just received an update to version

The update doesn't bring much in terms of new features that people will notice, but its rollout is a good chance to highlight the app. Windows 11 pushing people to Microsoft Edge made headlines recently, so many will be on the lookout for a simple way to never see Edge.

Here's what's new in version of EdgeDeflector:

  • Fixed an issue where the app wouldn't launch when installed to a directory path containing a space. (Contributed by @ajay4q.)
  • Fixed an issue where the app would be shown without an icon in some Windows dialogs. (Spotted by @BinToss.)
  • Updated to .NET Framework 4.8.

EdgeDeflector works with Windows 11 as well. That means that clicking a link from a widget on the new OS will still go to your browser of choice.

While EdgeDeflector redirects links, its maker emphasizes that it only runs locally. This means that it doesn't collect data regarding the links people click. It doesn't store data regarding links either. It works by having EdgeDeflector become the default app for Microsoft Edge links found throughout the OS.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

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  • Thank you to the devs who made this possible and screw you to Microsoft for making it necessary