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Windows 7: IE recovers tabs, can it be stopped?

22 Feb 2012   #1
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
IE recovers tabs, can it be stopped?

If I try to shut down IE through Task Manager it immediately attempts (and usually succeeds) in recovering the tabs. Similar to if it stops responding and then it asks if you want to restore your last browsing session.

Is there a way to disable this?

If something weird goes on while I'm browsing I believe one way to (hopefully)prevent being infected is to shut down IE immediately without clicking anything. I always thought the best way to do this was by killing the process. But since it recovers my sessions any harmful sites will come right back.

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22 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

There is an option in the IE prefs under "Advanced" called "Enable automatic crash recovery" which you could turn off, that might stop it.

However, you could probably achieve what you are looking to do by simply using the alt+f4 key combo to quick kill IE. Certainly faster than bringing up the task manager and killing from there.

[Edit] I should say that the very best way to prevent sites from doing damage is to set your "internet zone" security settings down tight, then add sites like 7 forums etc that you visit often and trust to the Trusted Sites list. Kind of a hassle at first (With there was a shortcut button for that) It's like a white list for email. Not 100% but probably at least 99.9% better than the way IE is shipped stock.

Using this method since at least ie6 and never been infected yet.
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22 Feb 2012   #3
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
There is an option in the IE prefs under "Advanced" called "Enable automatic crash recovery" which you could turn off, that might stop it.

However, you could probably achieve what you are looking to do by simply using the alt+f4 key combo to quick kill IE. Certainly faster than bringing up the task manager and killing from there.

[Edit] I should say that the very best way to prevent sites from doing damage is to set your "internet zone" security settings down tight, then add sites like 7 forums etc that you visit often and trust to the Trusted Sites list. Kind of a hassle at first (With there was a shortcut button for that) It's like a white list for email. Not 100% but probably at least 99.9% better than the way IE is shipped stock.

Using this method since at least ie6 and never been infected yet.
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Pressing alt+f4 asks if I want to close all tabs. Would that be the same as killing the process?

I remember reading about if you ever get a pop up type infection to kill the process by not clicking anything, including Xing out of the program.

Regarding Trusted Sites, it may be rare but even a trusted, legit site could have issues. I've had two infections in my computer life. The most recent was from a local newspaper website that I never would have suspected as causing a problem. I do have one site in Trusted Sites but that was because I didn't want to constantly get the display mixed content message, so I enabled the option in Trusted Sites.
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22 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

alt+F4 sends a quit/close to the current process which is the same thing that happens when you use the task manager and "end task" from the Applications tab or click on the red X.

However the "End Process" from the processes tab is a bit more forceful and required if an application has completely locked up. (Well it tries to be nice with the close message first, then kills if forcably second if the app doesn't respond).

I can't really answer the question with any real hard info though. I.e. is it better to close the app nicely sooner than forcably after several seconds? I have no idea :/
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