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One of the first things to do on a machine running IE 8 is turn off the Suggested Sites feature.
This feature looks at the sites you visit and then attempts to guess what other sites you might like and suggest them to you.
Awe, the thought is nice, but … no thanks.

Here’s how to turn it off

This tip is intended for the users of Internet Explorer 8.
If you still use Windows XP that’s how new your MSIE will ever get. MSIE 9 Will not work on XP (or older).

  1. Open MSIE, click Tools and then Internet Options.
  2. Click the “Advanced tab”.
  3. In the Settings list, scroll down under “Browsing” and find the check-box labeled “Enable Suggested Sites.”
  4. Uncheck it.
  5. Click OK.
  6. To remove the Suggested Sites link from the Favorites Bar, Right-Click it and select “Delete”.
  7. Click Yes to confirm.

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Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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2 thoughts on “Turn Off Suggested Sites in MSIE 8 [How-To]”

  1. Alexandra Lawrenz says:

    Thanks for the tip, Thomas. I agree that it’s nice of Internet Explorer to suggest websites I might be interested in, but I think I’d rather pass. You mentioned this is for IE8—is this something that you also have to turn off in IE9?

    1. Thomas says:

      I haven’t been able to test MISE 9 yet, as the BETA keeps crashing on my computer.
      But if you do look into it, please let us know.

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