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Internet Explorer - Cross-site Scripting (XSS) Filter - Turn On or Off

How to Turn the Cross-site Scripting (XSS) Filter On or Off in IE8 and IE9
Published by Brink
16 Jun 2011
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How to Turn the Cross-site Scripting (XSS) Filter On or Off in IE8 and IE9

information   Information
Cross-site scripting attacks are a leading online threat. Their aim is to exploit vulnerabilities in the websites you visit. How do they work? By compromising legitimate websites with malicious content that can capture keystrokes and record your login information and password. If your login information and password is captured, your personal data could be compromised.

Internet Explorer (IE8 and IE9) has a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Filter feature that can help prevent one website from adding potentially malicious script code to another website. XSS Filter analyzes how websites interact, and when it recognizes a potential attack, it will automatically block script code from running. When this happens, you will see a message in the Notification bar letting you know that the webpage was modified to help protect your privacy and security.

By default the XSS Filter is turned on in IE8 and IE9. This tutorial will show you how to turn the XSS Filter on or off.


For more detailed information about the XSS Filter in IE8 and IE9, see:
Note   Note
If the modified webpage doesn't work properly, in a new browser window, go to the website's home page, and then navigate to the webpage directly. If the page still doesn't work correctly, contact the website's administrator.
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It is not recommended to turn off the XSS Filter in IE8 and IE9. Doing so will leave you vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks as explained above.


EXAMPLE: XSS Filter Alert Message in Internet Explorer
NOTE: When the XSS Filter detects script in a cross-site request, it identifies and disables the script if it is replayed in the server's response. When this happens, a "Internet Explorer has modified this page to help prevent cross-site scripting." message is displayed at the bottom of the webpage in IE8 or IE9.
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Here's How:
1. In Internet Explorer, click on Tools (Menu bar) or gear icon (in IE9), and click on Internet Options.

2. In Internet Options, click on the Security tab, select the Internet zone, and click on the Custom level button. (see screenshot below)
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3. Scroll down to the Enable XSS Filter option under the Scripting section. (see screenshot below)
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4. To Turn On the XSS Filter in IE8 or IE9
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Select (dot) Enable under Enable XSS Filter, and click on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Turn Off the XSS Filter in IE8 or IE9
A) Select (dot) Disable under Enable XSS Filter, and click on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)
That's it,
Shawn




03 Jul 2011   #1
MadSupra354

 

Thanks for posting! Helped


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03 Jul 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Craig.
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27 Apr 2016   #3
boweasel

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I'm baffled. As usual. This is a Windows 7 forum, is it not? Why would anyone running Windows 7 be using Internet Explorer 8 or 9? Even when I've reinstalled a fresh copy of W7 my default browser was IE10. I don't even think you can download IE8 or 9 on a W7 machine.

I am regularly getting these cross-scripting messages on IE11 and did a Google search. It returned this baffling page, which was of no use to me, but made me curious about why the page exists.
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27 Apr 2016   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

You have to take into account the date this tutorial was created,

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At which time they were the latest browsers.

I'm sure there are some people out there who still have those older browsers.

There are a lot of older threads here that have been resigned to the dusty areas, because newer software or better methods have taken their place.

We don't, as a rule, just delete threads because they get old.


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27 Apr 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boweasel View Post

I am regularly getting these cross-scripting messages on IE11 and did a Google search. It returned this baffling page, which was of no use to me, but made me curious about why the page exists.
Hi,
Some things never change in browser versions example these settings still exist in ie11

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