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Internet Explorer 4 - Browser for Microsoft Windows

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  Internet Explorer 4 (IE4) Overview:

Internet Explorer is the most widely used web browser.  Version 4 is a many years old, but still works decently.  It is recommended that you upgrade to version 5 if you have Windows 95 or to version 6 if you have Windows 98 or above.  

Remember, before using Internet Explorer to view web pages, you must first establish a connection to the Internet. Once dialed up, you can open IE and start surfing web pages.  You can also set up IE to dial up for you, which is described under the Connection tab section.

Browsing Problems:  If you are able to successfully dial up to the Internet, but then cannot access web pages, it's often helpful to delete all Temporary Internet Files and to reset IE4 to all default settings.  Here is a quick overview of the process:
    1) General tab: Delete cache, cookies, and history
    2) Security tab: Reset to default
    3) Content tab: Ensure the Content Advisor says "Enable", which means it is Disabled.
    4) Connections tab:  Delete unused connections.  Check for bad proxy settings.
    5) Programs tab: Reset web settings
    6) Advanced tab: Restore defaults

If you still can dial-up, but cannot browse, try deleting the connection in DUN and making a new one.

If you cannot access any pages at this point, you may need to perform a Repair on IE or even reinstall it.

 

Accessing the Internet Options:

There are 3 ways to access the Internet Options of IE.

Method 1:  Right-Click

Find the Internet Explorer icon on your desktop.  Right-click it for a menu, and click Properties.

 

Method 2:  View Menu

With Internet Explorer open, click the View menu and select Internet Options.

 

Method 3:  Control Panel

Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. (The Control Panel is also found in MyComputer)

Once in the Control Panel, click on the Internet Options icon

Once the Internet Options are open, you'll see 6 tabs as shown below.  We'll focus on 4 of them.  Each tab is explained in detail below.

Links to Tabs:  General | Security | Content | Connections |

 

General tab:  Homepage, Cache, Cookies, History:

 Homepage:

The first section on the General tab is the Home page.  This will be the first page that your browser goes to when you open IE4.  Microsoft defaults it to MSN's home page in an effort to sell unwanted Internet services.  You will need to reset and apply that home page address. You can also set a "blank" home page if desired.  The example below uses www.netfaqs.com.

Cache & Cookies:  Temporary Internet Files:

The second section of the General tab is the Temporary Internet files.  When you go to a Web page on the Internet, the web page and all of the images on the page are downloaded to your computer and stored in the Temporary Internet Files.  When you "surf" the Internet, you're actually surfing your downloaded files in your Temporary Internet Files.  This is why when you click away from a page and then click the Back button to return to it, the page comes up faster because it doesn't have to be downloaded again.

Some web sites store information in a small text file, called a "cookie", on your computer.  Cookies allow customization features of many websites to work.  Websites that remember who you are when you return are good examples of this.  Shopping Carts also often use cookies.

It is often necessary to delete these downloaded files and cookies:
    1) When setting up proxy filtering, delete these to get rid of any downloaded smutty content.
    2) When experiencing browsing problems.  These files can get corrupted and need to be removed.

The best way to delete these files is to click on the Settings button (in the image above).  The screen below will appear.

The Amount of disk space to use should typically be set no higher than 60 MB.  Anything higher will likely slow down your browsing.  In fact, if it's set too high (like 500 or 1000), pages may time out while your computer searches through a cache of this size.

 

Clicking the View Files button brings up the Temporary Internet Files folder.  In the image below, you'll see web pages (www.netfaqs and index), images (usa, french), and cookies (Cookie:mgo...). 

You can delete all of them at once by clicking the Edit menu and then Select all, as shown below.

Once all the files are selected, click the File menu, and then Delete, as shown below.

History:

The last section of the General tab is the History.  This keeps a record of all websites and pages you've viewed over the past 20 days.  This can be helpful if you need to find a page you've recently accessed.  However, if you're looking for privacy, anyone using your computer can look at the history and see where you've been.  You can change the number of days kept in the history to as low as 0.

It's also used to determine what color links should be.  When you click a blue link, the page goes into the History and the link changes to purple to let you know you've already been there.  If you clear the history, the link will change back to its original blue color.

It is often necessary to delete the History with the Clear History button:
    1) When setting up proxy filtering, delete this to get rid of references to undesired websites.
    2) When experiencing browsing problems, clear the History along with the Temporary Internet Files.

 

Security Tab:   Cookies

Since downloads, Javascript and cookies can be harmful, the Security Tab determines how they are handled.  Select one of the four zones to modify your security policy.  The Internet zone is of interest to us for a dialup modem connection.  The Medium setting is recommended for this zone.  If you set it higher then you probably won't be able to fully utilize most websites including our own.

Some web sites store information in a small text file, called a "cookie", on your computer.  Cookies allow customization features of many websites to work.  Websites that remember who you are when you return are good examples of this.  Shopping Carts also often use cookies.  Customizable web pages where you can do things like setup a weather report for certain cities generally rely on this technology.

If you prefer to use the High security setting, websites that require cookies won't be viewable.  Restricting all cookies will make it impossible to logon to our main home page.  Other websites may not be viewable at all or customization features such as news/weather/stock may not work.  You can change back to the Medium setting using the scroll bar on the left of the image above.

If you can view most websites but run into problems with others, you may have your privacy settings too high.  

 

Content Tab (Microsoft Content Advisor)

Do NOT enable the MS Content Advisor.  It is highly buggy and unreliable.  It is also very difficult to disable because you either have to do a risky "Registry Hack" or totally reinstall the operating system and all applications.

If the Content Advisor button says "enable" as pictured below then the Content Advisor is not activated.

If that button says "Disable", click the button that says Disable

If you do not remember your Content Advisor password, then we have a problem.  Your ISP doesn't have a way of looking up that password on your computer so you might have to risk doing a Registry Hack.  Our ISP will not be responsible for any such solution.  Content Advisor is part of the operating system as developed by Microsoft. 

We have instructions for disabling Content Advisor if you are willing to take the risk to avoid reinstalling your operating system. Click here for those instructions.

 

Connections Tab & Proxy Configuration

The Connection tab has two main features:

Connection features: Acts as a replacement for DUN and allows IE to dial up to the Internet.

Proxy features: Proxy settings allow either Web Filtering or Web Acceleration.

Connections features:

In the Connection section, choose the first option "Connect to the Internet using a modem".  Click the Settings button to specify which dial-up (DUN) connection to use with Internet Explorer, and to specify a un/pw.

After clicking the Settings button, the Dial-Up Settings window appears.  In the pull-down menu at the top, you can choose from all DUN connections that currently exist in the dial-up networking folder in My Computer. You can add DUN connections or view the properties of an existing DUN connection.  The properties button is covered further below.

Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields. Your login follows this format: username@ispname.com (or .net). Be sure to include the domain tail on the end so that it looks like an e-mail address even though it isn't necessarily an e-mail address. 

The Properties button is a link to the DUN settings in My Computer. An example of that screen is shown below. You can change those settings from here.  Please see the screenshots for Windows98 DUN for more info.  Click here for help with Windows98 DUN Connections.

Proxy features:

There are two common reasons to use Proxies:

Filtering:  Web sites are filtered to stop unwanted sites dealing with smut, violence, etc. from reaching your computer.  The proxy address is available from your ISP support center.  They may also be able to give you optional software to password protect the settings.

Web Acceleration - With BrowseBlast software installed, your Internet connection can be 2 to 5 times faster.  If you have purchased BrowseBlast from your ISP and installed it on your computer, the proxy settings should match those on the right.

Important:  Filtering and Web Acceleration are not compatible at this time, since they use different addresses.  You should only purchase one of these services from your ISP.

From the Connection tab, place a check-mark in Access the Internet using a proxy server.

The screen on the left shows settings for Filtering whereas the screen on the right is for BrowseBlast.  The proxy addresses and ports are available from your ISP support center.

Remember:  Once you've configured the proxy address, be sure to clear the cache and history in the General Tab!  Otherwise, preloaded smut will still be in your computer.  Our proxy can keep that stuff out but anything already loaded in the cache will remain viewable until cleared. 

After adding the check-mark, click the Advanced button.

Settings for Filtering

Settings for BrowseBlast

 

The follow screen appears:

The screen on the left shows settings for Filtering whereas the screen on the right is for BrowseBlast.  The proxy addresses and ports are available from your ISP support center.

The screen on the right is for BrowseBlast.  The Address is 127.0.0.1 and the Port is 5500.

Remember:  Only use one or the other.  Filtering and Web Acceleration are not compatible at this time, since they use different addresses.  You should only purchase one of these services from your ISP.

Settings for Filtering

Settings for BrowseBlast

 

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