Disabling Internet Explorer Enhanced Security
Before I show you how to disable ES, you should take a moment to think about why Microsoft would enable this feature by default. It all comes down to best practices: you should not make a habit of surfing on production servers - it’s too dangerous. It is extremely easy to misspell a URL and end up at a malicious site. As a general rule, any machine worth backing up should keep ES enabled. Any surfing needed (for downloading patches or service packs) can easily be done on a client computer.
If the machine you are using is used for simple testing or requires frequent access to various web sites, by all means disable ES.
When it comes to disabling ES, you have two options – disabling it for all users on the server, or only users in the Administrators group. In this example, I’ll keep it enabled for users, but not Administrators.
1) Open up the Control Panel by going to Start, Settings, Control Panel. Double click on Add or Remove Programs.
2) Click on Add/Remove Windows Components.
3) Scroll through the list of Windows Components and double click on “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration".
4) Check or Uncheck the items you wish. In this example, we’ll uncheck the “For administrator groups" checkbox, leaving “For all other user groups" checked (Figure 2). Click OK.
5) Back in the Windows Component Wizard, click Next and then Finish when the operation completes. Restart Internet Explorer.