Assuming you have installed service pack 2 for Windows XP, you can begin the installation process for the Microsoft Phishing Filter. Your first step will be to download and install the MSN Search Toolbar as outlined below.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and go to http://toolbar.msn.com/.
  2. Click Download Toolbar Now – Free.
  3. From the File Download – Security Warning window, click Run.
  4. When the Security Warning window appears, click Run to start the installation.
  5. Click Next. If any programs are open, you will be prompted to close them.
  6. Review the privacy statement and click I agree to the terms of use and the privacy statement. Click Next.
  7. From the Customize MSN Search Toolbar, click the box beside Use the default settings and close this wizard.
  8. Click Finish.
  9. Click OK after reviewing the list of default settings.

You will immediately notice several changes, one of which is the MSN Deskbar located beside the system tray. This allows you to quickly and easily search the Web or your computer.

The next step is to download and install the Microsoft Phishing Filter which is an add-in for the MSN Search Toolbar. You can install the add-in by completing the steps described below.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and go to the following URL: http://addins.msn.com/addins_category_toolbar.aspx.
  2. From the list of add-ins, locate the Microsoft Phishing Filter Add-in for MSN Search Toolbar. Click Download.
  3. From the File Download – Security Warning dialog box, click Run.
  4. Click Run when the Internet Explorer – Security Warning dialog box appears.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Review the use and privacy statement. Click I agree to the terms of use and privacy statement. Click Next.
  7. Select whether or not to participate in the customer improvement program. Click Install. Be sure to close any instances of Internet Explorer before proceeding.
  8. Click Finish.

The Phishing Filter button will now be available on the MSN Search Toolbar within Internet Explorer.

As I mentioned earlier in the article, if you upgrade to Internet Explorer 7 or Windows Vista, you do not need to complete any of the steps outlined above. Instead, you can skip to the next installment to learn more about how the Phishing Filter works.

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