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This article is Part 8 of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide. This article describes improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
To view the other articles in the Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that are listed in the "References" section.
The Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide includes the following topics:
Part 1: Better security with Service Pack 2 Part 2: Installing Service Pack 2 Part 3: The new Security Center Part 4: Automatic Updates Part 5: Virus protection Part 6: Windows Firewall Part 7: Protecting against buffer overflows Part 8: Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express Part 9: Uninstalling Service Pack 2
Part 8: Improvements in Internet Explorer and Outlook ExpressSick and tired of annoying advertising pop-up windows that block your view when you visit a Web site? The Pop-up Blocker, new to Microsoft Internet Explorer in Windows XP SP2, can prevent most unwanted pop-up windows from appearing.
The Pop-up Blocker can be found under Internet Options.
Displaying blocked pop-up windowsWhen a pop-up window is blocked, you will see a corresponding message in the Information Bar. The Information Bar is located directly under the address bar.
Click the Information Bar to display more options.
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The High filter levelThe High: Block all pop-ups filter level under the Pop-up Blocker settings blocks all windows. These include those windows that open legitimately when you click a link. For example, the High filter level would block the Windows Update Web site.
If you want to move through the Windows Update Web site, hold down the Ctrl key, and then click the link. This only applies to links that open a new window. Links that display content in the same window function correctly.
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Starting downloads and ActiveX installationsUnsolicited downloads and ActiveX installations are also automatically blocked. This provides effective protection against dialers and spyware.
However, should this feature block files or ActiveX elements from trusted sources, click the Information Bar, as you would for a blocked pop-up window, and then click Download file or Installation Blocked - Install ActiveX Control.
Managing add-insAdd-ins are programs that enhance the functionality of Microsoft Internet Explorer. They include the Google toolbar or Macromedia extensions but may also include "tools" that can damage the computer by "fishing" out private data.
The new add-in management feature lets you display all installed add-ins and to enable or disable individual programs.
Enhanced e-mail securitySending infected e-mail is the most practical way for virus programmers to distribute viruses and worms over the Internet. However, they can only do this in HTML messages. Therefore, we recommend that e-mail messages be displayed as unformatted text.
For more information about the other topics in the Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Step by Step guide, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889735This article is a translation from German. Any subsequent changes or additions to the original German article may not be reflected in this translation. The information that is contained in this article is based on the German-language versions of this product. The accuracy of this information relative to other language versions of this product is not tested within the framework of this translation. Microsoft makes this information available without warranty of its accuracy or functionality and without warranty of the completeness or accuracy of the translation.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889735/EN-US/ )Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Part 1)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889736/EN-US/ )Installing Service Pack 2 (Part 2)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889737/EN-US/ )The new Security Center (Part 3)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889738/EN-US/ )Automatic Updates (Part 4)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889739/EN-US/ )Virus protection (Part 5)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889742/EN-US/ )Windows Firewall (Part 6)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889741/EN-US/ )Protecting against buffer overflows (Part 7)
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/889743/EN-US/ )Uninstalling Service Pack 2 (Part 9)
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Article ID: 889742 - Last Review: February 6, 2007 - Revision: 1.5