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How to Use the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 has been loaded with new safety features, such as the SmartScreen Filter, to protect you and your privacy. You can use the SmartScreen Filter to check Web sites to see if they have [more…]

How to Use Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 8

The Internet can be a dangerous place — particularly for minors. You can use the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 8 to protect kids (or anyone else) from inadvertently stumbling across something you [more…]

Launching Internet Explorer 8 for the First Time

Windows 7 includes Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), which enables you to browse Web pages anywhere on the Internet. Windows 7 makes it a snap to launch Internet Explorer 8. However, when you launch Internet [more…]

How to Connect to a Wireless Hotspot with Windows 7

Wireless hotspots are places where one or more wireless networks are available for the general public to use, such as a library or coffee shop. It's easy to connect to a wireless hotspot with Windows 7 [more…]

How to Use Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7

Internet Explorer 8 introduces a new feature called Accelerators in Windows 7. You can use Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 to take data from a Web page and run with it using a series of right-click [more…]

How to Use Offline Browsing in Internet Explorer 8

You can use the offline browsing feature of Internet Explorer 8 to view your RSS feeds and Web page subscriptions. Offline browsing is especially beneficial when you’re using a laptop computer and can’t [more…]

How to Customize a Browser Jump List in Windows 7 to Include Favorite Web Sites

As you browse from Web page to Web page, your Windows 7 browser’s Jump List accumulates a list of your recent browser history. In Windows 7, you can customize your browser’s Jump Lists to include your [more…]

How to Share an Internet Connection in Windows 7

Windows 7 makes it easy for you to get connected to the Internet and to share an Internet connection with other computers in your network. You can use the Windows Internet Connection Sharing feature to [more…]

How to Turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering in Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 has been loaded with new safety features to protect you and your privacy, such as InPrivate Browsing and Filtering. When you turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering, you’re telling [more…]

How to Remove Cookies in Internet Explorer

Cookies are not the digital evil that some believe them to be. Nonetheless, a lot of people prefer to delete their cookies as they travel the Internet. Here’s how to purge those digital biscuits in Internet [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Internet Connection Issues

Windows 7 features a slew of troubleshooters and one of them just happens to be an Internet Connection troubleshooter. Many of the Windows 7 troubleshooters are very helpful. The Internet Connection one [more…]

How to Test Broadband Internet Connection

Connecting to the Internet is taken for granted. Until something goes wrong. Don’t panic. Test and troubleshoot. Check these items when you experience problems getting or staying online: [more…]

How to Use Ping to Check Internet Availability

Something leads you to believe that the Internet is not “up”. Although the problem may not be something you can fix, it’s something you can check by using the ping command. [more…]

How to Set Default Browser and E-Mail Programs in Windows 7 and Vista

You can browse the Internet or pick up your email in more than one way. There are several web browsers available and a number of different local email readers. To specify which programs are set up in Windows [more…]

How to Set Default Browser and E-Mail Programs in Windows XP

You can browse the Internet or pick up your email in more than one way. There are several web browsers available and a number of different local email readers. To specify which programs are set up in Windows [more…]

How to Remove Browsing History in Internet Explorer 8

All web browser programs come with a History feature. It details the websites and pages you visited for the past week or two. That way, you can quickly return to where you once were, but others using the [more…]

How to Purge Temporary Files in Internet Explorer

As you surf the web, your web browser picks up all sorts of stuff. Primarily, it collects media — pictures, sounds, videos — but also other information you see on any web page. All those items are known [more…]

How to Disable AutoComplete in Your Web Browser

The AutoComplete feature is the handy Windows tool. Whenever you type an internet address or fill in a form, AutoComplete displays a list of previously typed text. The feature is a blessing, but it can [more…]

How to Manage Toolbars in Internet Explorer

The dawn of the 21st century also saw the dawn of the overabundance of Internet Explorer toolbars. Simultaneously, Microsoft decided to dispense of one of its toolbars — the menu bar — in several of its [more…]

How to Manage Add-Ons in Internet Explorer

Add-ons are designed to enhance your browsing experience, but sometimes they don’t. In that case you need to know how to get rid of them or turn them on and off as you please. An [more…]

How to Reset Internet Explorer

Just as restarting your computer often fixes minor software ills, you can attempt to repair Internet Explorer problems by performing a reset of the Internet Explorer software. Here’s how: [more…]

How to Restrict ActiveX Controls in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer automatically installs ActiveX controls from the websites you visit. If you prefer a higher level of security, you can restrict this access. Follow these steps: [more…]

How to Disable ActiveX Controls in Internet Explorer

ActiveX controls, like other add-ons, are designed to enhance your browsing experience. And, like other add-ons, sometimes they don’t. The good news is that you can disable them. If the only reason you [more…]

How to Avoid Pop-ups in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is configured to block all pop-up windows by default. If you don’t like the blocker warning or its associated beep, you can control the pop-up blocker’s settings. [more…]

How to Add a Website to Your Internet Explorer Trusted Zone

When you ratchet up Internet security, you might find your once-pleasant and speedy web browsing experience plagued with speed bumps. You can fix this problem, and ensure that you’re not bothered with [more…]

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