Disabling third-party browser extensions

November 21, 2016 at 16:06:57
Specs: several
In Windows, Internet Options, 'Advanced' tab is an option to
"Enable third-party browser extensions". It is enabled by
default, but I believe that I have always disabled in the past.

I just discovered something called "Tracking Protection"
which apparently works by way of a browser extension and
a list of websites that are to be ignored. The list is provided
by an outfit called "Disconnect.me". If this is as good as it
appears at first look, I want to use it. Do I need to enable
third-party browser extensions in order to use it?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
November 21, 2016 at 17:20:12
It would seem it only enables specific types, see here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb...
I found it disabling it had no effect on my non-MS Addons or Extensions.

I'd never heard of Disconnect.me and I wonder how you came to have it there
without installing it yourself. I use the well known freebie EasyList:
https://easylist.to/
This also blocks adverts.

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#2
November 23, 2016 at 10:49:49
> I wonder how you came to have it there without installing it yourself.

I'm not sure what you mean. I don't "have it" on my computer.
While Googling various entries in the Internet Options > Advanced
settings, I found an article about Microsoft introducing a feature
called "Tracking Protection" which, from the description in the
article, sounded much more to my liking than the "Do Not Track"
feature. Do Not Track involves the user's computer sending a
request to a website to please not track it. The website does not
have to listen for the request, nor does it have to heed the request
if it is heard, and it could even record in its database the fact that
I don't want to be tracked. Tracking Protection, on the other hand,
sends a request to only one website, asking for the latest list of
known websites that do tracking. Disconnect.me says that they
have two lists: One of websites that they judge to do tracking that
most users would not want (their page explaining their criteria is
the only page of theirs I have yet read), and one listing ALL sites
that they could find that track.

Are there others who do this? I don't recall reading about it
before. It seemed new to me when I read of it yesterday.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
November 23, 2016 at 11:36:40
I thought you meant that you had found "Tracking Protection" and "Disconnect.me" from within IE (Tools > Manage add-ons > Tracking Protection). That is where lists can be found if any.

I find the lack of adverts in IE a boon, although Firefox with adblock is better at getting shot of adverts on YouTube videos.

If you go that way the odd website will not let you view it with adverts blocked but Tracking Protection can be turned on and off from the Tools drop-down.

There are various tracking lists to be found using Google but the only one I can vouch for is EasyList which appears to be the most popular.

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#4
November 23, 2016 at 12:50:37
Thanks Derek!

I wonder if I need to enable third party extensions in order to
install it, or to use it, or both, or neither.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#5
November 23, 2016 at 14:10:07
As far as I know you don't need to enable third party extensions (see first para my #1). You could always add a TPL to check it out. They can be easily removed if unwanted.

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