IE 7 protects against phishing scams through the Phishing Filter. It is designed to protect you from phony Web sites that attempt to gather personal information about you when you are online.

The tool requires little to no configuration. Once it is enabled through the Internet Options window, it will run in the background without your intervention.

To enable or disable the phishing filter:

  1. Within Internet Explorer, click Internet Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Under the phishing filter, select the appropriate option.
  4. Click OK.

Deleting your Browsing History
Internet Explorer 7 makes it easier to delete your browsing history. You no longer have to navigate to different locations on your computer to delete your history, cookies, temporary Internet files, and so on. Instead, you can delete your entire browsing history from a single location by clicking a single button. This includes deleting:

  • Temporary Internet Files
  • Cookies
  • History
  • Form data
  • Passwords

To access the ‘Delete Browsing History’ window:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. From the Tools menu, click Delete Browsing History.
  3. Click the appropriate button or click Delete all.
  4. Click OK.

Pop-up Blocker
Earlier versions of Internet Explorer allowed pop-ups to open in new windows. IE 7 includes the Pop-up Blocker that prevents unwanted pop-ups from appearing while still allowing pop-ups from certain sites.

The Pop-up Blocker is enabled by default. It can be disabled from the Tools menu within Internet Explorer, although this is not recommended. The Pop-up Blocker can be customized by selecting the Pop-up Blocker Settings option. You can allow pop-ups from specific Web sites by adding the URL to the list of Allowed sites. At the bottom of the Pop-up Blocker Settings window, you can change the filter level. The filter level will determine what pop-ups are blocked. The default value is Medium: Block most automatic pop-ups.

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