How To Keep InPrivate Filtering Enabled Forever


One of the most important novelties in Internet Explorer 8 is the InPrivate Filtering feature. This new feature gives users increased security and control over their browsing sessions. However, there is one downside to it: InPrivate Filtering is turned off each time you start Internet Explorer 8 and you have to manually turn it on each time you want to use it. In this guide I will show how you can turn it on so that it remaines on at all times. There will be no need for you to manually activate it.

InPrivate Filtering Explained

The main role of InPrivate Filtering is to prevent third parties from collecting information about the sites you visit.

Third parties provide either content (e.g. videos, images, maps) or extended functionality (e.g. Google Analytics) for other websites. For example, if a video from Youtube is embedded on a website, that website will use third party content that will send information back to Youtube about how many views that video had. Also, if a site owner uses Google Analytics for traffic statistics, the Analytics code from his website that is sending information back to Google Analytics is going to be identified by InPrivate Filtering as third-party content.

InPrivate Filtering is capable of intercepting third-party content by analyzing each website you visit. If a specific code is found on more than 10 different websites, InPrivate Filtering classifies that code as third-party content.
By default, each time you start Internet Explorer 8, InPrivate Filtering is turned off. If you turn it on, you can use it manually, by choosing yourself what third-party content to block, or you can use the auto mode, that automatically blocks third-party content.

Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Filtering

NOTE: If you choose to block third-party content, it can happen that portions of certain websites you visit will not be displayed correctly.



How Turn On InPrivate Filtering Indefinitely

First, download the archive file attached at end of this article. Right click on it and select Extract All.

Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Filtering

Choose the destination folder and click on Extract.

Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Filtering

When you open the folder where the archive was extracted, you will see three files: InPrivate Filtering Auto, InPrivate Filtering Manual and InPrivate Filtering Off.

Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Filtering

To turn on InPrivate Filtering Auto each time Internet Explorer 8 starts, use the "InPrivate Filtering Auto.reg" file.

If you want to turn on the Manual InPrivate Filtering which allows you to select which content to block, use the "InPrivate Filtering Manual.reg" file.

If you want to completely turn off InPrivate Filtering, use the "InPrivate Filtering Off.reg" file.

Depending on what you want to do, double click on the appropriate file. You will receive an UAC (User Account Control) Prompt. Click on Continue.

When you see the window shown below, called Registry Editor, click on Yes.

Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Filtering

Now you will receive a confirmation message. Click on OK.

Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Filtering

In order for the changes to be applied, you need to run these files when Internet Explorer 8 is closed. Otherwise you might need to log out from Windows Vista and log back in.

NOTE: These files are offered "as is" with no warranties.



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Comments

Thanks. I was looking for

Thanks. I was looking for this feature, and now from your article, I find that Microsoft has intentionally not allowed this to be on at all times.

Then why does MS make it look like it CAN be on at all times? Dumb of them.

It is not a good idea to do

It is not a good idea to do that. If user want to clean data then may put date to keep history to 0 and also clear all saving requests.

enable inprivate browsing forever is not a good idea

Any why is it not a good

Any why is it not a good idea? Firefox allows deleting cookies at the end of every session, and that works great. This is not the same as setting history to 0 and not saving requests; you either have no clue what data is kept by your browser or you're misleading people about what is being kept by their browser. Which is it, buddy?

Most people don't realise that tracks of their web browsing are kept forever or are available across multiple sites. At the small expense of, well, remembering your own logins and passwords (which the browser can help you with anyway), you lose nothing by deleting cookies all the time. The only losers are people trying to analyze you, and they still have effective & legitimate ways to do so.

Inprivate filtering enabled forever

This sounds like a great idea!
Will the download (InPrivate Filtering.zip) work with
Xp Home SP3?
Thank you

Yes!

Yes, it will work!

Thank you!

Thank you. I highly recommend that to every user!

I already use this function

I already use this function on IE8 at the end of every session online. It only takes a second :-)

Works pretty good

I've had this turned on for a while, but I wasn't sure how to keep it turned on in manual mode. If you keep it turned on in auto mode, eventually it starts blocking useful things, like Facebook profile icons.

Registry Editor Stops Working

I get to this step...

"To turn on InPrivate Filtering Auto each time Internet Explorer 8 starts, use the "InPrivate Filtering Auto.reg" file.

If you want to turn on the Manual InPrivate Filtering which allows you to select which content to block, use the "InPrivate Filtering Manual.reg" file.

If you want to completely turn off InPrivate Filtering, use the "InPrivate Filtering Off.reg" file.

Depending on what you want to do, double click on the appropriate file. You will receive an UAC (User Account Control) Prompt. Click on Continue.

When you see the window shown below, called Registry Editor, click on Yes."

...and press YES.

Then my registry editor quits working. Why? Email computech.wiz@verizon.net if you know why.

How do I keep it on forever while choosing which sites to allow?

If I use the "Manual" one do I have to download the "Auto" one too? or how does it work?

People are missing the point

InPrivate Filtering is unrelated to history or cookies. It is fighting a more sneaky way for web sites use to track users across multiple web sites.

If you look through the list, it is catching "beacons" (1x1 invisible graphics), javascript, php scripts, etc... accessed using third party content, most of which you aren't even aware is there. If your IP address doesn't change, the tracking will just reconnect your tracking and keep on going. Deleting cookies, history, temporary files, etc.... can't stop that.

The magic of InPrivate Filtering is once it has identififed a beacon, it prevents the browser from ever again requesting that item from the tracking server. You become invisible to that tracking server.

The bigger annoyance is they made this an "all or none" deal. You can't hold Control A and click on Block and selectively unblock. The default with selective blocking is to allow.

I wonder if Microsoft has "whitelisted" any tracking services it runs to you can't block them?....

Which registry entries did

Which registry entries did you add? I want to make this thing manually.

Adding Additional Blockers

Good tool. Thanks

Is there any way to add additional ad filters? On some sites some ads are not blocked.

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