If you’ve ever gotten spyware or malware on your computer, you know that it can be devastating!
Search the Internet safely with Internet Explorer by following these tips in understanding the IE Information Bar.
You’ve probably seen it, the yellow bar that pops-up under the toolbars in Internet Explorer.
Some websites display Active X controls or other active content that may be potentially dangerous to your hard drive. Learning to read these messages (and always ensuring you are running an anti-virus and anti-spyware software) can help minimize the threat to your computer.
When the Information Bar appears, Internet Explorer has blocked the content allowing you to decide whether or not to approve the content.
If a site tries to download a program without your consent, the following message appears:
“To help protect your security, Internet Explorer blocked this site from downloading files to your computer. Click here for options…”
Click the Information Bar and select the “Download the file” option or “Allow blocked content” option.
When you are prompted to download the file, read the information in the dialog box very carefully. Make sure the file is from a website that you absolutely trust.
If a site tries to use a pop-up window, the following message appears:
“Pop-up blocked. To see this pop-up or additional options click here…“
Click the Information Bar and select the appropriate option. If this is a site you trust and visit often, select the option to “Allow pop-ups from this site.”
If you find the Information Bar appears more than you feel necessary, you may change the pop-up or security settings.
To change the pop-up settings, follow these steps:
Click on the “Tools” menu, hover to “Pop-up blocker” and select “Pop-up blocker settings.”
Add any trustworthy websites you frequent by typing the domain name and clicking the “Add” button.
NOTE: Typing *.mywebsite.com for example, applies the same pop-up settings to any sub-domain within the “mywebsite.com” website.
Click on the “Blocking level” drop down to select the level of pop-up security you want.
Click on the “Close” button to close the Pop-up blocker settings window.
HINT: If you need to remove any website from the “Allowed sites,” highlight it in the box and click on the “Remove” button on the right side of the window.
To edit security settings, click on the “Tools” menu and select “Internet Options.”
Click on the “Security” tab and select the “Custom level” button or “Default level” button.
The “Default level” is the default setup by IE. For customization, you may want to continue and select the “Custom level” button.
Scroll through to the “Active X” security options. Change any of the options you want.
NOTE: Selecting your own options should only be done by users with some computer experience.
For most users, the safest option is to click on the “Reset custom settings” drop down arrow. Select “High,” “Medium-High,” or “Medium” and press the “Reset” button.
With either option, click the “OK” button to return to the “Internet Options” window and click on the “OK” button to save and close that window.
Remember, Internet Explorer has default settings to protect users from these hazards. Understand the messages and more than likely you will not need to edit any settings.
And, as I’ve mentioned many times, make sure you are always running an anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer!
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