Configuring InPrivate In IE8

InPirvate browsing is one of the most highlighted features of the new IE8. InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 8 helps prevent your browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and usernames and passwords from being retained by the browser, leaving no evidence of your browsing or search history. A simpler name for it would be, “The P0rn Mode” Anyhoo … the filtering used by InPrivate can also be used as an adblocker. By default there are few things that IE 8 doesn’t do right with regards to InPrivate:

  1. Can’t directly start IE8 in the InPivate mode (Vista).
  2. Can’t open links directly in the InPrivate mode.
  3. No way of keeping InPrivate Filtering “always on” & thereby using normal IE with InPrivate as the AdBlock filter.

Here are ways I found to overcome all of these & put InPrivate into full throttle.

1. Starting IE8 In InPrivate Mode:
  • Create Desktop shortcut:
  1. Right click (on the desktop) –> New –> Shortcut
  2. Enter this in the window that opens:
“%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore” –private
This should place an IE shortcut on your desktop that will open IE 8 in the InP mode.
  • Add Option In IE8 Right Click Menu

To get an option to start IE in the InP mode when you right click on IE, download the following registry file & run it.

Thanks Ramesh

NOTE: In Windows 7 (build 7100) you don’t need this as right clicking on the IE icon in the taskbar gives the option to open the InPrivate window.

2. Open Links Within a page in InP:

Now, this is a huge issue, there are times when you want to open a link in the InP mode but you can’t. You have to copy the URL, open an InP instance & then paste the URL. This little tip takes are of that.

Steps to achieve:

  1. Download the package
  2. Navigate to your IE folder (C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer)
  3. Create a folder named Tools
  4. Extract contents of downloaded file in Tools
  5. Run the registry file

Thanks Disk4mat

3. Configuring InPrivate Filtering As AdBlock

InP Filtering has 2 modes that can be used for AdBlocking:

  1. Automatically Block
  2. Choose Content to Block

Automatically Block, blocks a bit of stuff that normal users need, so the better way to use InPF as AdBlocker is ‘Choose content…’ However, can’t understand as to why it is so, but you need to manually trigger the InPF every session. To overcome this & start IE with InP Filtering always you need to make the following registry changes:

  • To automatically initiate InPF:
  1. Start –> Run –> regedit –> HKEY_CURRENT_USER –> Software –> Microsoft –> Internet Explorer –> Safety –> PrivacIE[1. Get the Pun? :D]
  2. Right click on a empty area –> New –> DWORD (32-bit)
  3. Name it StartMode
  4. Value = 1 for “Always ON” & 2 for “Choose content…”
  5. Or you can download the readymade registry files.

Thanks Brink

  • Configuring the AdBlock:
  1. Download the following file.
  2. Extract the contents to your desktop.
  3. Tools –> Manage Addons –> InPrivate Filtering –> Import (the file you saved on your desktop)

Thanks anony101