Group Policy Quick Tip – Disable IE Add-On Performance Notifications

One of the features include in Internet Explorer 9+ is performance notifications for plug-ins.  With this feature, the user is notified when plugins are slowing down browser performance.  As the screenshot below shows, the user is presented with a dialog at the bottom of the browser window that says, “Speed up startup and browsing by disabling add-ons.”  The user has the option of disabling add-ons, being prompted later, or closing the dialog out by clicking the ‘x.’

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The downside is that users can accidentally turn off browser plugins with this feature or, in a fully managed environment, generate calls to the help desk when browser plugins are pushed to computers.  The good news is that the notifications can be disabled in Group Policy.

Why would you want to set this policy?

  • To disable performance notifications in Internet Explorer 9+.

Where is the policy located?

  • Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Disable add-on performance notifications

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Configurable Options

  • Enabled or Disabled

Supported Operating Systems/Software

  • Windows 7+ / Internet Explorer 9+

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