When you are browsing the Internet, Internet Explorer 8 runs in Protected Mode. This isolates it from other applications in the operating system and prevents add-ons from writing content in any location beyond temporary Internet file folders without explicit user consent. By isolating Internet Explorer from other applications and restricting write locations, Windows 7 prevents many types of malicious software from exploiting vulnerabilities on your computer. Protected Mode also restricts the way domains, web addresses, and security zones are used.
Protected Mode is a key component in Internet Explorer's comprehensive safety and security suite, but many other safety and security features work together to protect your computer from malicious software. These additional security features include a popup blocker and a phishing filter. They also include privacy and content settings.
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