MSEdgeRedirect prevents Windows from opening Edge (but we don’t recommend it)

Microsoft Edge with an angry face.

There’s a browser war going on right now, and Microsoft has a clear competitive advantage that it’s not afraid to exploit. This leaves tools like MSEdgeRedirect to try and combat Microsoft’s questionable tactics, but in the case of this tool, we don’t recommend using it.

Microsoft has decided to make some links in Windows always open in Edge, which prevents us from recommending the browser. Specifically, links in News, Search, Widgets, Weather, and a few other places won’t open in your default browser.

Mozilla Firefox, Brave, and a tool called EdgeDeflector were able to bypass these links by directing them to your default browser instead of Microsoft Edge. However, Microsoft has labeled workarounds like these inappropriate and blocked them, leaving the use of scrambling for a new way to bypass Edge and open these types of links in their default browsers.

Enter MSEdgeRedirect, a new tool that runs in the background, pulls those pesky “microsoft-edge” links from News, Widgets, and other apps, and opens them in your default browser. This removes Edge from the process. It all sounds good, but we can’t recommend it at this point.

The big problem is that the tool has to be running in the background at all times to do its job. Since Microsoft blocked the original method, the developer of MSEdgeRedirect had to get creative to get their tool to work, and it appears to be the only method they found to do so.

We could probably pass that up, but the software triggering a warning with Microsoft SmartScreen preventing it from running is a bit of a concern. After all, it’s software that you intend to keep running 24/7 to achieve its purpose.

I tested it on my computer, and it looks pretty harmless. However, is skipping Edge links the few times you click on them from Windows 11 worth running some other software in the background?

It’s obviously up to you, but I’ll uninstall it, and in case I run into a “microsoft-edge” link, I’ll just step out of my comfort zone for a few minutes.

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