How to use Tracking Protection and ActiveX Filtering in Internet Explorer 9

You can turn on Tracking Protection in Windows Internet Explorer 9 to help prevent websites from gathering information about your web browsing. You can also turn on ActiveX filtering to help prevent programs from accessing your computer without your consent.

Once you turn on either feature, you can turn it off for specific sites.

Use Tracking Protection to block content from unknown websites

When you visit a website, some content might be provided by a different website. That content could be used to gather information about which pages you visit on the Internet.

Tracking Protection blocks this content from websites that appear on Tracking Protection Lists. There's a Personalized Tracking Protection List included with Internet Explorer that's generated automatically based on sites you visit. You can also download Tracking Protection Lists, and then Internet Explorer will periodically check for updates to the lists.

To turn on Tracking Protection

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, point to Safety, and then click Tracking protection.
  3. In the Manage Add-on dialog box, click a Tracking Protection list, and then click Enable.

Use ActiveX Filtering to block ActiveX controls

ActiveX controls and web browser add-ons are small programs that allow websites to provide content such as videos. They can also be used to collect information from your computer, damage information on your computer, install software on your computer without your consent, or allow someone else to control your computer remotely.

ActiveX Filtering prevents websites from installing and using these programs.

To turn on ActiveX Filtering

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, point to Safety, and then click ActiveX Filtering.

Make exceptions for trusted websites

You can turn off Tracking Protection or ActiveX Filtering to show content on specific websites that you trust.

To change Tracking Protection or ActiveX Filtering options for specific websites

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Navigate to a website.

  3. Click the filter button in the Address bar, and then turn off or turn on available filtering options for the website.

For more information about Tracking Protection and ActiveX Filtering, read to the Internet Explorer 9 privacy statement online.