**First, Internet Explorer Internet Options controls most of your internet access and security along with (Windows Defender/Windows Firewall on 10), (Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Firewall on XP, Vista, 7 and 8), no matter what browser you use. Then after this setup, You can use the settings on other browsers for your personal preferences for them and choose one as your default browser if you choose to do so.**
Microsoft is phasing out IE, (WHICH IS SAD), and replacing it with EDGE (THAT SUCKS).
So lets set up IE first and as default browser. Then you can choose any other browser as your default browser. Most of these setting control all Browsers.
1. Close any browser.
2. Go to: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Internet Options.
3. Go to "ADVANCED TAB", and select to reset IE settings.
Open IE and then close out.
5. "ADVANCED TAB", select restore advanced settings.
Open IE and then close out.
Open IE again and if you get pop ups For suggested sites, click on yes or no. If you get pop up for another Security Settings thing, (Can't Remember), select use Customized Settings, which I believe that is the choice. This is only a one time setting after resetting IE. Close IE, open again, close again.
6. Go here and install all the Tracking Protection Lists.
This stops/blocks a lot of ads and people from tracking your activities.
If you have any issue with a web site you can click on "Blue Circle" and turn it off. I have never had an issue with websites, but you may not get some videos to play without turning off tracking protection first.
A. "GENERAL TAB", "Tabs" and set as shown. For IE Only
Red arrow is personal choice and so are the others.
A. "GENERAL TAB", "Browsing History" - "Settings"
"T.I.F. Tab" For IE Only
"History Tab" Personal Choice
"Cache and databases Tab" Leave Unchecked.
A. "GENERAL TAB", "Browsing History" - "Delete"
Personal Choice For IE Only
If you do not delete Temp Internet Files often, then select
B. "SECURITY TAB", This controls all Browsers.
Select "Default Level" If not already set.
No other actions needed. But this is where you can set one of the zones to allow or block sites.
C. "PRIVACY TAB", "Settings" "Advanced"
This is your Cookies settings. For IE Only
Setup like this and you are set.
The "Sites" Button is for blocking websites from using cookies (No need to do this).
C. "PRIVACY TAB", "Location" For IE Only
In Windows 10, If you have Location turned OFF in
Action Center>>All Settings>>Privacy>>Location
then this will be disabled because you are not allowing any websites, apps or devices to use your location. If you have Location turned ON, Then this will be enabled, then check the box to block websites from tracking your location.
C. "PRIVACY TAB", "Pop Up Blocker" "Settings" For IE Only
"Turn On" Checked
Check the box "Show Notification Bar"
And set Pop up Blocker level to "Medium"
D. "CONTENT TAB" "Certificates"
IGNORE This controls all Browsers.
D. "CONTENT TAB" "Auto Complete" For IE Only
D. "CONTENT TAB" "Feeds and Websites"
IGNORE For IE Only
E. "CONNECTIONS TAB" This controls all Browsers.
IGNORE, unless you have a VPN or use Dial Up.
F. "PROGRAMS TAB" For IE Only
F. "PROGRAMS TAB" "Manage Add-ons" For IE Only
Here is the list of many Plug-ins.
Really just for adding Search Providers, Tracking Lists, and to enable and disable plug-ins.
I suggest not to install any tool bars as they are full of malware and spyware, except for search engine providers.
Use "Notepad" for HTML EDITOR.
IGNORE THE REST.
G. "ADVANCED TAB" "Set as shown" Controls Most All Browsers *Shown Below on Bottom*
Hardware Graphics Acceleration. For IE Only
Now Restart your Computer. You should be good to go for IE and all other browsers, plus their personal settings for them.
I have been setting up IE for 15+ years this way on XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 for myself, friends, family and customers. I have never had and complaints and I have never had any issues and have had a flawless, safe and secure web experience and so has everyone else.
All these settings control your internet security and settings for all browsers:
Windows Defender also controls your System and Internet Security.
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