Set Recommended Settings in Internet Explorer® 8

When you are surfing with Internet Explorer®, there are some things that are set per default that you need to change. Not only concerning surfing-speed and page-loading time, but also for your security so you can protect your computer from malware attacks and viruses. This is very important and the result of a virus attack can really damage the hardware and software of your computer. Here are the most frequently recommended changes that you should do:

  • How to change the settings?

  • Quick way to change security zone settings

How to change the settings?

Now, we will just briefly get into deactivating ActiveX®. Changing these settings will protect against many attacks and at the same time be easy to change for the casual PC user. Some ActiveX® settings are disabled per default in the Internet Zone and the listed settings are additional settings that can be disabled. The settings can be changed manually by going to the Internet Explorer® menu Tools then Internet Options then Security, Internet and Custom level. Don’t forget that some web sites use ActiveX® and by disabling it, there may be a loss of functionality. In particular Microsoft® sites such as Windows® Update will not work. You can place the commonly visited and trusted sites into the Trusted Zone or just press the reset button in the aforementioned window, and you can access all sites.

Quick way to change security zone settings

Instead of changing the settings manually you can also use an INF file that makes the changes in the registry. This minimizes the probability of making errors by manually changing the settings. The INF file that carries out the changes can be seen here. Be aware of what the changes of settings do for your Internet Explorer®, and that you know what you are doing. The settings in the extensive list may not suit all people and will change your Internet Explorer® perhaps to the extent that many popular sites will be unavailable. If you don’t know how to get it back to the original state do not change these settings.

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