Article ID : 00007724 / Last Modified : 08/16/2015

How to enable or disable protected mode in the Internet Explorer® browser.

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Use the following procedure to turn protected mode on or off.

WARNING: Disabling protected mode will reduce system security and leave the computer vulnerable to malicious software and viruses.

IMPORTANT: User Account Control must be enabled in order to enable protected mode.

  1. Open the Internet Explorer application.
  2. On the menu bar, click the Tools button and then click Internet Options.
  3. In the Internet Options window, click on the Security tab.
  4. On the Security tab, in the Security level for this zone section, click to check the box next to Enable Protected Mode (requires restarting Internet Explorer) to enable protected mode.


    • To disable protected mode, click to uncheck the box next to Enable Protected Mode (requires restarting Internet Explorer).
    • If disabling protected mode, a Warning window will be displayed. Click the OK button.
  5. Click the OK button.
  6. Restart the Internet Explorer application.