Re: Damage the hard drive?
Complete and utter bullshit that doesn't even pass a brief sniff test.
1) no need to uninstall IE, you just installed netscape and clicked on its icon instead. If you wanted to use netscape as your default, you just needed to change the MIME type association to make it the invoked application.
2) if you really insisted on removing IE you needed to be careful to not delete some dlls that dealt with HTTP networking protocols that other bits of the operating system also used. It wasn't so much that they where part of IE, just that they where mis-packaged in the directory hierarchy along side IE because the IE team happened to be responsible for their development and it never occurred to anybody that it was apparently going to be illegal in the view of the courts to provide a web browser as part of the operating system simply because netscape wanted to charge for one separately.
3) IE was not a great product but it certainly wasn't the cause of hard drive damage - that would be the general state of storage in the mid-90s.
And fun historical bit for all of you IE haters out there, until IExplorer 2.0 and later, it was actually just a derivative of Mosaic. Hate Active X if you like, but its success is hard to argue against since it enabled a lot of things that just didn't exist in the standards of the day.