Prevent Users from Reopening Last Browsing Session in Internet Explorer 8

by Eric Geier [Published on 14 Oct. 2010 / Last Updated on 9 Sept. 2009]

Being able to restore the last browsing session in Internet Explorer 8 is useful, but can also be a privacy issue for some. If this is the case, you can disable the feature. Here’s how using the Group Policy settings in the Windows XP, Vista, and 7 professional editions:

  1. Open the Group Policy editor by running gpedit.msc from the XP Run dialog or the Windows 7 or Vista search field on the Start Menu.
  2. Navigate to Computer or User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer.
  3. Set Turn off Reopen Last Browsing Session to Enabled.


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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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