Disable Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Browsing Mode in Windows 7

March 8, 2010 | Filed under Internet Explorer, Privacy, Windows 7


A new security mode called InPrivate debuted with IE8, and consists of two main features: InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering. Like similar privacy protection modes in Safari, Firefox 3.5, and Google Chrome, InPrivate Browsing has been described as a “porn mode” in various news outlets. Reason is people can turn on InPrivate Mode, visit porn sites and nobody will know about it after you close IE.

Disable Internet Explorer InPrivate Browsing

InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 8 helps prevent one’s browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and usernames and passwords from being retained by the browser, leaving no easily accessible evidence of browsing or search history. Other than disabling the clear browsing history button, one should also disable IE8’s InPrivate Browsing mode to further prevent your kids from trying to hide what websites they’ve visited.

To disable InPrivate Browsing mode in Windows 7:

1. Click the Windows start button and at the bar where you see search programs and files, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter
2. Navigate to Local Computer Policy, User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components and InPrivate.
3. Double click on Turn off InPrivate Browsing and select Enable.
4. Double click on Turn off InPrivate Filtering and select Enable.

This change takes effect immediately without rebooting the computer. Now when anyone clicks on the Safety at menubar and selects InPrivate Browsing, nothing will happen or appear because it is disabled.


One Response to “Disable Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate Browsing Mode in Windows 7”
  1. lisa says:

    gpedit.msc doesn’t work on my personal laptop! help!

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