Anachostic

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Windows 8.1 and IE11

Ok, I ran into my first significant issue with Windows 8.1 specifically, IE 11.  On all my machines, I use the MVP HOSTS file, which blocks ads at the system level by redirecting requests for common ad-serving websites to your local machine, which should be “not found” and just continue on.

Well, using IE 11, whenever a page had an element that was blocked by the HOSTS file, the browser would hang for as long as 3 seconds waiting for a reply, interrupting the load of the page.  Even on the Dilbert website, it would take sometime 10 seconds to load up.

So I had to find out why this was.  I compared my Windows 7 IE to my new Windows 8.1 IE and disabled all the settings that were new.  The one that fixed the problem: Enable Enhanced Protected Mode.  This is found in the Advanced setting of Internet Options.

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I did very little research on this after I discovered that it was the fix, but from what I understand, this mode is made to prevent unintended execution of code.  So I guess I can understand that a call from a page from a remote web site, linking to a file on your local computer could be considered suspicious.  But regardless, it is a problem for me.

This is the network trace that I would expect.  These websites are blocked in my HOSTS file, so they return 404 errors because they are not found on my local machine.

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When I have Enhanced Protected mode on, these requests have a status of Aborted, but that’s after seconds of waiting.

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So, that solves that mystery.  IE is now just as quick as ever, and I’m pretty sure I’m still going to be safe.

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