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