SmartScreen automatically blocks malicious websites and downloads.
SmartScreen Filter is designed to help protect you from evolving web threats. If a malicious website is detected, the entire site is blocked, but it can also provide a “surgical block” of malware hosted on legitimate websites—blocking just the malicious content without affecting the rest of the site.
You can enable or disable SmartScreen Filter at any time. Learn more at the SmartScreen Filter: FAQ.
Get relevant suggestions as you type words into the search box.
Internet Explorer 8 partners with top search providers to help you figure out what you’re searching for, and save you time. As you type, Internet Explorer 8 delivers relevant suggestions into the search box. Click a suggestion at any time to immediately execute the search—no need to type the entire word or phrase.
Find more info at Change or choose a search provider in Internet Explorer.
With InPrivate, browse the web without leaving a trace of your browsing activity.
InPrivate Browsing helps prevent your browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and user names and passwords from being retained by the browser. InPrivate Filtering is an extra level of control and choice for you about the info that third-party websites can potentially use to track your browsing activity.
For more info, see InPrivate: FAQ.
*As of April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Internet Explorer 8 is no longer available, including security patches that help protect your PC.
If you continue to use Internet Explorer 8 after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks. If you connect your PC to the Internet and use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web after support ends, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Learn more.