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Turn Off the SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer 9 includes a security feature called the SmartScreen Filter. This feature is designed to identify and warn you about so-called "phishing" websites -- sites that pretend to be official sites but actually exist solely to steal your personal information. Unfortunately, the SmartScreen Filter can sometimes slow down web browsing, as it takes a bit of time to search the list of known phishing websites; you can speed up your browsing by turning off the SmartScreen Filter.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Click the Tools (gear) button and select Internet Options.
  2. When the Internet Options dialog box appears, select the Advanced tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Security section and uncheck the Enable SmartScreen Filter option.
  4. Click OK.
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