Disable Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) InPrivate Browsing

If you are a system administrator that needs to monitor the activity and internet behaviour of all employees/clients/students etc… one of the latest features of Internet Explorer 8 will be quite a nightmare for you.

This feature is the InPrivate Browsing, which prevents Internet Explorer from recording any kind of data about your browsing session or habits.

Basically, when in an InPrivate Browsing session, no cookies are created, no temporary Internet files, no history, no form data, and anything else that a browser would normally record.

Therefore in some cases, this feature must be disabled for good.

You can do this by going into Group Policy and changing the setting there:

Step 1: Go to Start, then Run and type in gpedit.msc.

Step 2: Now navigate to the following section:
Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / InPrivate

Step 3: Now on the right-hand side, go ahead and double-click Turn off InPrivate Browsing and choose Enabled.

If you keep looking, you will also see the options for turning off InPrivate Filtering, not collecting InPrivate Filtering data, and setting the InPrivate Filtering Threshold. Enjoy!

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