This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7.
Internet Explorer offers a number of features to help protect your security and privacy when you browse the web.
Internet Explorer includes the following security features:
which can help protect you from online phishing attacks, fraud, and spoofed websites. For more information, see Phishing Filter: frequently asked questions.
Protected Mode, which can help protect you from websites that try to save files or install programs on your computer. For more information, see What does Internet Explorer protected mode do?
which can help block most pop-up windows. For more information, see Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker: frequently asked questions.
which lets you disable or allow web browser add-ons and delete unwanted ActiveX controls. For more information, see How do browser add-ons affect my computer?
Notification when a website is trying to download files or software to your computer.
Digital signatures, which tell you who published a file and whether it has been altered since it was digitally signed. For more information, see What is a digital signature?
A 128-bit secure (SSL) connection for using secure websites. This helps Internet Explorer create an encrypted connection with websites run by banks, online stores, medical sites, or other organizations that handle sensitive customer information. For more information, see How to know if an online transaction is secure.
By default, Internet Explorer is set to provide a level of security that can help protect you against common threats, such as spyware or other types of malware, when browsing the web. These settings can help protect against known security threats, such as websites installing add-ons or other programs without your knowledge.
Internet Explorer provides the following features that can help protect your privacy when you're online:
Privacy settings that specify how your computer handles cookies. For more information, see Change Internet Explorer Privacy settings.
Privacy alerts that let you know when you try to go to a website that doesn't meet the criteria in your privacy settings.
The ability to view a website's privacy statement.
For more information, see Online privacy: frequently asked questions.
You are getting this message because certain security settings are at a lower level than is recommended. By default, Internet Explorer has a minimum level for some settings that can help protect your computer from websites that are trying to install malicious or unwanted software without your knowledge or permission.
To see which security settings are not at recommended levels, follow these steps:
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the Security tab.
Click the Internet icon, and then click Custom level.
Settings that are not at recommended levels are highlighted in red.
When you click Fix Settings for Me on the Information bar, Internet Explorer will reset the security settings that put your computer at risk back to their recommended settings. To see your security settings, follow these steps:
Click the Internet icon.
Do one of the following:
To pick a preset security level, drag the slider.
To change individual security settings, click Custom level. Change the settings as desired and click OK when you are done.
To set Internet Explorer back to the default security level, click Default level.
When you are finished making changes to the security settings, click OK.
Click the Privacy tab.
Under Settings, do either of the following:
To allow or block cookies from specific websites, click Sites.
To load a customized settings file, click Import. These are files that modify the rules that Internet Explorer uses handle cookies. Since these files can override default settings, you should only import them if you know and trust the source.
When you are finished making changes to your privacy settings, click OK.
Visit the Microsoft Security website
or the Microsoft Protect your PC website.