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February 18, 2011

Remove those "Only secure content is displayed" popups in InternetExplorer


If you are viewing a web page in Internet Explorer, and if it contains both secure and nonsecure items (that is, if you are viewing a secure web page that contains other things such as images that are not transmitted over a secure connection), Internet Explorer gives you an annoying popup saying "Only secure content is displayed" or "This page contains both secure and nonsecure items," asking you whether or not you want to display those nonsecured items.

Well, this can be rather annoying, and I have had experiences where I am browsing around on a website and this appears, and Internet Explorer takes me to some previous page, causing me to have to navigate back to my previous location.

Personally I choose to disable this annoying popup, and simply have Internet Explorer display nonsecure items anyways. Some might think this isn't a very bright idea, but why not? Google Chrome does not annoy you with this, so how is Internet Explorer any different?

So if you want to disable these popups and show nonsecure items anyways, simply follow these steps:

  1. In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu (the cog icon in Internet Explorer 9), and click on Internet options.
  2. Under the Security tab click on the Custom level... button (be sure that Internet is selected under "Select a zone to view or change security settings").
  3. A Security Settings window will appear with numerous options, scroll down a little past half way down, you will see an option labeled Display mixed content, there you can choose Enable (which will always display nonsecured items without asking) or Disable (which will not display nonsecure items [which defeats the purpose of this tip, but to each their own!]).
  4. Click OK, and a dialog asking if you are sure you want to change the settings for this zone, be sure to click Yes.
  5. Now click Apply and you are done.

You will no longer see those annoying popups again... Happy browsing!

25 comments:

steve said...

ty for this!!

chas said...

Thank you, thank you - this has been bugging the #!@#$! outta me!

figgi said...

oh my God! am glad i aint the only 1 getting pissed off about this ie9 s***! thank you for the tip!

Ian Aldrighetti said...

You're welcome. I don't know why Microsoft thought this was really needed, I mean I get it, but it wasn't a very good idea. Firefox and Google Chrome just show a little warning in the address bar that all content may not be encrypted, which is good enough.

Babz said...

Thank god I got rid of that - most annoying thing EVER

d said...

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH ... I was on the verge of insanity!!!!

Ron Singleton said...

Thanks Ian, this has really been of great help!!

Ian Aldrighetti said...

You're very welcome! I am glad to see this is so helpful to others.

Reta said...

Bless you.

Rose said...

Thanks so much for this helpful, well-written tip.

Damian said...

Thank you very much. My IE was "not responding" for one second (before returning to normal), very likely because of this.

Kathy said...

Just the info I wanted - Thank You SOOOO much !!

Jacqui said...

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I was getting so frustrated!!!!

dessa said...

I changed my settings like you suggessted, but I am still getting the "show secure content only" pop-up. Any other suggestions?

Ian Aldrighetti said...

There are a lot of options on that page, I would double-check to make absolutely sure you set the right setting to the correct value.

I might try restarting the browser to, which shouldn't need to be done, but when in doubt, restart! ;-)

Fred Scoville said...

I have to agree with Dessa... the suggestion which is exactly what Microsoft recomends does not solve the problem. Yes, I have restarted the browser and windows and double checked the setting.

Ian Aldrighetti said...

What do you mean "Microsoft recommends"?

Jim said...

Thank you so much. So many other sights did not answer the question.

Stasser said...

For those who are still having the issue after following Ian's instructions delete the cookies and the temporary internet files, restart the browser and that should do it.

GLB said...

You are a Saint!

Jay Kumar said...

Brilliant suggestion! It works. Thanks.....Jay Kumar, Singapore

Robin Somes said...

Thanks for sharing. This was much appreciated!!!

Alan said...

THANKS, that was so annoying!
I was about to uninstall Explorer 9 and go back to 8 and hoped that would have worked but now all is fine.

Mike said...

Is there a way to disable the notification only, without changing Security Settings?

Or, even better, how to get rid of IE9 and revert to IE8?

Ian Aldrighetti said...

I don't believe there is a way to disable this warning without modifying the security settings.

If you want to uninstall Internet Explorer 9, you can do so by going to: Start > search for "uninstall a program" (should be the first result) > Then in the sidebar click "Uninstall an update" and search for "Internet Explorer 9."

Hope that helps :)

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