Stephen Harrison B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., MBCS, CITP
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Part One and Part Two introduce IE8. Each article discusses features you may not be aware of, making your web browsing experiences easier and safer.
Part Four and Part Five show you how to speed up IE8. There are many things that can make IE run slow, such as opening too many tabs and extra toolbars.
Part Six shows you how to Reinstall Internet Explorer. Sometimes this is your only option!
The Table of Contents takes you straight to the topic you are interested in. Otherwise, start at the top and slowly read through the information provided.
The Internet is a wealth of information that caters for all interests and tastes.
However, this means there is also a lot of offensive stuff that you would not want your children looking at (or you, for that matter).
Microsoft recognizes this and introduced a basic parental control feature.
If you have Internet Explorer 8 and Windows XP, parental controls are available through Content Advisor.
Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 have Content Advisor, and an additional option called Parental Controls.
Many sites are rated against the ICRA3 rating system. This is what determines whether a site is allowed to be viewed, depending on your pre-defined settings. An example would be a good idea here, right?
Follow these steps to make the best use of Parental Controls.
Some online forums suggest it is easy to set the content advisor too tightly, making web browsing more clunky.
Check and double-check your settings! Play about with them until you get them right. Also supervise your children for the first few web browsing sessions.
You do not want them missing out on some wonderful websites (or seeing things they should not).
Bright Hub have good information supporting parental controls.
Tip: Closed a tab you didn't mean to? Right-click on an open tab and either select:- the Reopen Closed tab option or the Recently closed tabs option
When browsing the Internet, lots of information is stored on your computer.
For example, all your visited web pages, search phrases, completed forms and passwords IE is instructed to remember.
Holding this type of information on your computer is convenient. You do not have to remember all your passwords, and you also have a history of visited sites for quick reference.
However, it can also be a privacy risk. All your private information, surfing habits etc., could be viewed or even stolen by cyber criminals. It can also cause Internet Explorer to run slower.
To delete Internet Explorer History.
Tip: Are pop-ups frustrating you? These are usually annoying adverts that appear in another browser window. Some sites open up several, disrupting your browsing experience.
Go to Tools > Internet Options > Privacy tab and put a tick on the box to Turn on pop-up blocker
If you select Settings, you can set the pop-up blocking level, and include specific websites to allow pop-ups by exception.
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It's easy to overdo add ons. The choice of toolbars and extensions, accelerators and search providers cater for all requirements.
Some you add yourself over the course of time, e.g. search providers. Some are added automatically, e.g. when new software is installed.
The more you have, the more work your computer has to do to start up Internet Explorer. Updates can catch you out. To manage your add ons.
Tip: If you don't want Internet Explorer remembering your passwords, home address or browsing details:
Go to Tools > Internet Options > Content tab and left-click the Settings button in the Autocomplete section.
Here, you have a choice of what you want your web browser to remember. Simply left-click the boxes you want to retain information for, then select OK.
This is a handy feature to help preserve your personal information.
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There is lots of extra software with IE8. Updates to plug-ins and new add-ons are made available very frequently.
Keeping on top of your temporary Internet files is essential, and parental controls should be reviewed regularly.
Is Internet Explorer Slow for you? The next part of the series looks at what you can do if you need to speed up your web browser.