InPrivate Filtering Hack

InPrivate Filtering helps prevent website content providers from collecting information about sites you visit. The InPrivate Filtering feature is present in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) while, the feature in IE9 is called Tracking Protection. Content providers or third-party websites could develop a profile of your browsing preferences which can be used in a variety of ways, including for analysis and serving targeted advertisements. Do not confuse InPrivate Filtering with InPrivate Browsing. For more information about InPrivate Browsing go here.

However, InPrivate Filtering do not remain enabled and you have to invoke it every time you load IE! You can force IE to retain the InPrivate Filtering mode by modifying (or creating) a registry entry as shown below:

To start the registry editor, type regedit in the Start menu search text box and press enter.


Key: \Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Safety\PrivacIE

DWORD (32-bit) Value name: StartMode

DWORD Value data: 1

Note: this hack works only for the feature found in IE8

A word of caution – incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. The above modifications are intended for Windows advanced users who are familiar with the registry editor. Users are also reminded to back up the registry before making any critical changes