Internet Explorer Protected Mode

In Vista, Internet Explorer gets the benefit of some added security. Using WIC (Windows Integrity Control), Vista treats files and processes associated with Internet Explorer as Low integrity as long as it is running in Protected Mode. Internet Explorer Protected Mode is enabled by default and ensures that the Low integrity objects associated with Internet Explorer are unable to write to, act on, or otherwise interact with any objects higher than Low integrity- which is most of the system. For more information, you can read this article I posted on my About.com Internet / Network Security site: Internet Explorer Protected Mode

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