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Remove Internet Explorer Favorites Shield

SUMMARY: If you can't easily change your Internet Explorer Favorites after installing Spy Sweeper, perform this tweak.

After running Spy Sweeper, your Internet Explorer Favorites are protected by a "Favorites Shield". Whenever you add items to your Internet Explorer favorites list, Spy Sweeper will appear, asking you if you really meant to add those items. You can then confirm or remove the Favorites items just entered.

Though this confirmation seems redundant, this shield has useful purposes. Websites can be over-aggressive in trying to get you to come back, programmatically adding themselves to your Favorites. Spyware and adware may try to encourage you to visit other spyware/adware sites, certain search engines, e-commerce sites, or adult sites. If either of these events occur, the Favorites Shield displays an alert and lets you reverse the changes.

However, if you regularly add items to your Internet Explorer Favorites, this alert can get annoying. Thus, there is a way to turn off this shield:

1. Double-click the Spy Sweeper icon in your Windows taskbar. If it is not present, you can click "Spy Sweeper" in your "Programs" or "All Programs" menu.

2. Click the "Shields" button on the left.

3. Click the "Internet Explorer" button on top.

4. Uncheck "IE Favorites Shield".

Return to the Spy Sweeper page.

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