First look at Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft's IE9 provides a browsing experience that even Chrome and Firefox users may find compelling.

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ActiveX Filtering

Web sites are loaded with ActiveX controls, browser plugins often written by third parties to enhance a page. But such controls may "display content that you don't want to see," and "introduce performance, reliability, security or privacy issues while browsing," Microsoft says. Microsoft's solution is ActiveX Filtering, which, when enabled, prevents sites from running ActiveX controls except when the user specifically grants permission to the site. The feature could be cumbersome, because users have to turn off filtering on a site-by-site basis when they encounter sites with ActiveX content they want to view.

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