SEO module rewrite

I feel silly for asking this since I have been using cscart for years, but I am looking at my htaccess file and see these 2 lines

RewriteRule . index.php?sef_rewrite=1 [L,QSA]

RewriteRule . index.php?sef_rewrite=1 [L,QSA]

then I have put some redirect lines in the same file since I changed some old links so I have this type of line:

Redirect PERMANENT /shop/old-filename.html /new-filename.html

Which works perfectly - so if someone types: the browser redirects them to:

So my question is - can I remove that ?sef_rewrite=1 from the new url - it’s ugly and confusing to user and I see it gets googled too.

I simply removed the ?sef_rewrite=1 part from the original 2 lines - and then doesnt work.

Thanks guys

bump - nobody has ever changed this setting in all the cscart installs out there?

Guess I will have to pay a ticket to cscart