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Intended to increase the usefulness of Internet Explorer, Secure IE offers extra features for tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking, and security improvements. Also, though it represents a leap forward for IE, it doesn't improve much on IE's competitors. Although the tabbed browsing is convenient, you can't open sites in new browser windows. Its pop-up blocking is weak, failing some of our easier tests. It also purports to block Flash ads, but it seemed effective only half the time in our tests. Annoyingly, whenever it blocks an ad, the browser takes center stage, even if you were working in another application.

Secure IE's security manager lets you fine-tune how it handles ActiveX controls, cookies, and downloads. Its included download manager is a mix of good and bad points. On the one hand, it adds characters to downloaded file names, which keeps you from accidentally installing programs--a good security measure. However, that same feature makes it difficult to actually run programs you download. Its research features include adding notes or highlights to Web pages and toolbar access to multiple and customizable Web search engines. Secure IE offers some useful features for people still tied to IE, but its added features don't trump IE competitors.

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  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 7
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    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 6
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Cool Antivirus"

    February 2, 2009  |   By torami

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    Cool Antivirus

    Cons

    Cool Antivirus

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Developer does not keep software updated."

    March 15, 2006  |   By Holmes245

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    The pros that made Secure IE unique when it was first developed was the tabbed feature and the security features.

    Cons

    Although I was initially impressed with Secure IE 2004 when I first started using the browser, since then, the developers at Winferno haven't updated the program for some time. If you go to their website, you'll notice that they still say that Secure IE 2004 is "new" despite its having been out at least two years.

    I know they don't update it, or at least very often, because I set the automatic update feature to manually check for updates and for a few months that I had manually checked, it never had a update come through. After having contacted the company several times, I've gotten the impression that updating the program or coming out with a new version is not high on their priority list.

    Also, if you're using a 800x600 screen resolution, the "full screen" will definitely not be full screen. These guys would do well at looking at the Firefox and Avant browers for a good example of what "full screen" should be. Moving the menus up the screen by almost a half inch with two inches still showing and a status bar don't count.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Professional work, idea good. Useful product.But very large price."

    February 8, 2006  |   By Dima_R

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    Professional work, idea good. Useful product.

    Cons

    But very large price.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I give u 2 star, It u put free!?"

    December 2, 2005  |   By Pizza_Al

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    Secure increase my IE of 00.0000000000001.

    Yup.

    Cons

    $30.00!? THAT BIG RIF OFF! Not even $0.01! I rather wait for Mozilla or Opera to take over Microsoft copt. Get Firefox, Opera or any free Browers!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not nice!!!"

    November 25, 2005  |   By dark^iMp

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    the security ok not too bad..can block popups n others stuf too..can open multi tab.

    Cons

    i am very sad with the icon that provided..is not nice at all...although can open multi tab,but the whole thing does not look nice..should make the icon more cool...exept the view others all not bad...canot encode some chinese words too.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This prduct is alright...if you want to be stuck with ie"

    November 12, 2005  |   By roliansociety

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    it helps protect internet explorer, but why use the unsecure browser if the first place?

    Cons

    You dont need to download this, there is already another browser that is safe from the begining. Yes, of course, FIREFOX! from Mozilla. They are the oringinal safe, easy, and best browser available. Do a search for it and read their reviews. After you try it, you'll know why its the fastest groing browser on the web.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Cool"

    October 19, 2005  |   By Mark Gredger

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    Nice addition for IE

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A Grim Smile"

    June 29, 2005  |   By swex

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Cons

    What is the point of paying, when u get an unstavle, unsecure, laggy and unpersonalizeable program?? Better download FREE Firefox

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Ohhh C'mon! what the heck is this?!?!"

    June 23, 2005  |   By comitech

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    well, it did ass a little functionability to my ip.

    Cons

    well, you pay for "Free" updates, its pretty much like the default and FREE browser, Microsoft Enternet Explorer. This is a ripoff! i dont recomend this download.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Oh, come on!"

    June 9, 2005  |   By Mrsone

    Version: Secure IE 2004

    Pros

    Adds a little functionality for IE.

    Cons

    This is hillarious...you pay for adding some features to IE? It is basically the same browser that you can get free. And if you want more security, then just get Firefox or Opera. This is ridiculous...pay for increased security for IE (kind of ironic, since IE is not very secure), and still have the same old unstable browser. RIPOFF!!!

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