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Question About "enable Third Party Browser Extensions" In Ie 6


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#1 bloomcounty

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:39 AM

Stats: Windows XP Home SP2, IE 6 (only used for Windows Updates and extremely occasional Office Updates), Firefox 1.0.0.11 for all regular browsing, OE for email.

I'm setting up a new laptop and want to tweak IE Internet Option settings to make it more secure. I was wondering about the setting under the Advanced Tab that reads:

Enable third party browser extensions (requires restart)

Right now, it is checked.

1. Is it better to have this checked or unchecked in my case?

2. Why does it require a restart?

3. Is there anything "unsafe/unsecure" about having it either checked or unchecked?

4. Any other opinions on what to tweak in regards to security on IE?

Thanks for the help! :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 12:11 PM

"Turning off third-party browser extensions will prevent some spyware programs from installing on your computer.
Note: Some legitimate toolbars (e.g., the Google, Yahoo, and eBay toolbars) may be disabled when you do this"
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Edited by garmanma, 24 December 2007 - 12:12 PM.

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#3 bloomcounty

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 02:44 AM

I went ahead and turned it off. Thanks!
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