Tech tips: Security alerts

It can be a little disconcerting when your computer starts to bombard you with security alerts.

Ian Bardsley, of Te Awamutu, has been receiving a security alert for more than a week, so he took a screen capture of the message and emailed it through.

He runs Microsoft Windows 7 and uses Internet Explorer for his web browser. The message which displays is from Internet Explorer Security and states that "A website wants to open web content using this program on your computer".

Considering the alert warns that the web content being open by Internet Explorer is outside the protected mode, he is naturally a little cautious.

He has clicked the "do not allow" button, however it continues to alert. He then checked the box saying "don't show this warning again", yet it still keeps alerting.

Considering that this is affecting Ian's user experience while using the web, he is very keen to find a resolution.

The reason for this situation is due to Internet Explorer's protected mode intercepting the execution of Adobe Flash Player to display Flash content embedded within the website set as your homepage.

Internet Explorer's protected mode is a feature that makes it more difficult for malicious software to be installed on your computer.

In addition to helping protect your computer from malicious software, protected mode allows you to install wanted ActiveX controls or add-ons when you are logged in as an administrator.

Protected mode is turned on by default in the internet, intranet, and restricted sites zones and an icon appears on the status bar to let you know that it's running.

To resolve this bombardment you need to access the security settings for Internet Explorer. To do this, select the Tools menu, then click Internet options, then select the Security tab.

From the security pane you can either uncheck "Enable Protected Mode", and then restart Internet Explorer or click "Reset all zones to default level".

David Hallett is the Chief Nerd of Need A Nerd in the Waikato. Need A Nerd can be reached on 0800 633 326 (NEED A NERD). To ask a question email and be in with a chance to win Norton 360 Version 6 by Symantec ($129 for three PCs).