IE9 – Stop “Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons”

KB ID 0000466 Dtd 25/06/12


This morning my boss asked me "Why every time I open Internet Explorer does it ask me this?"

Speed up Browsing by disabling add-ons

To which I replied, "I use Chrome so I don’t know, But I’ll find out."


A brief internet search returned, just set the "Ask me later to a nice long time". But that’s still not disabling it. If truth be known its a good thing, i.e. is trying to be helpful and improve your browsing experience. But if you want to kill it all together heres how.

On a single machine

1. When you installed/Updated to IE9 it added some new policy templates, the one controlling IE9 is called inetres.admx (For a detailed rundown of the polices it adds see here)

IE9 Policy

2. That means we can control what IE9 does with a policy, Click Start and in the search/run box type gpedit.msc {enter}. The group Policy Management Window will appear.

Open Local Policy

3. Navigate to:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer

Locate "Disable add-on performance notifications" and open it.

Group Policy IE Add On

4. Enable the policy > Apply > OK > Exit the Policy Editor.

Local Polict IE Add-one

In a Windows Domain Environment

Note: On older domains (Server 2003 for example) you will need to download and import the administrative templates to manage these settings via group policy, you can download the template here.

Administrative Templates for Windows Internet Explorer 9

1.  On your domain controller , Start > Administrative Tools > Group Policy Management Console > Either create a new policy and link it to your targeted COMPUTERS or edit an existing one, then navigate to:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer

Locate the setting "Disable add-on performance notifications" and open it.

Disable add-on performance notifications

2. Enable the policy > Apply > OK > Exit the Policy Editor.

GPO add-on performance

3. Then either reboot the clients, wait a couple of hours, or manually run "gpupdate /force" on them.

Remove "Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons" via Registry

I got an mailed a question this weekend;

I too want to get rid of the IE9 РStop "Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons" dialog but only having Vista Home Premium, your solution (using gpedit.msc) is not available.  Also, I cannot add a Local Users and Groups snap-in to the Microsoft management Console.

How can I get rid of this bloody annoying feature in IE9?

Kind regards



1. No Problem, essentially the group policy editor is just changing registry entries anyway, on your machine Start > In the Search/Run box type > Regedit {enter}

2. Navigate to;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies

3. Create a NEW KEY called Ext > Within that key create a new DWORD (32 bit) value called DisableAddonLoadTimePerformanceNotifications and set its value to 1.

  Disable add-ons popup via registry 32

4. If your machine is 32 bit then you have finished.

How to Tell if Windows is 32 or 64 bit

6. for x64 bit machines, you need to also do the same as above with the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies

Disable add-ons popup via registry 32

Note: If that’s to much hassle, download and run one of these reg files (32bit or 64bit).


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Original article Written 20/06/11

Thanks to Brian Jones

Author: Migrated

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