Internet Explorer 8 Microsoft includes a built-in “feature” called Suggested Sites which honestly smells a lot like one of my favorite services – StumbleUpon. (ripoff??) Anyway, Suggested Sites is another excellent privacy solvent as it sends all of your browsing history to Microsoft where they store it and then spit out a response with some similar sites you may like. I’m not too concerned with Microsoft knowing what I’m browsing. But it sounds to me like it isn’t necessary, so why leave it running, especially since I already use StumbleUpon.
Another thing to dislike about Suggested Sites is that it takes up room on your favorites bar. When I’m scrolling through my long list of favorites, this is seriously the last thing I want to click on accidentally. Since it’s happened a few times and the results were NOT groovy or anything close to what I was looking for, let’s nuke it.
How To Disable And Delete Suggested Sites From Internet Explorer 8
1. In Internet Explorer 8 – Click Tools and Select Internet Options
2. Click the Advanced tab and Uncheck the box Enable Suggested Sites. Click OK to save changes.
Now Suggested Sites is disabled, but the shortcut is still there, so let’s get rid of it!
3. Right-Click Suggested Sites and then Select Delete.
4. Click Yes to confirm the deletion
All clean! No more Suggested Sites to stink up the toolbar, and no more bothersome Microsoft tracking! I always say, “Cleanliness is next to Grooviness!”
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