VBScript is disabled by default in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 build 16237

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Microsoft just released build 16237 to Windows 10 Insiders. While this build included a vast range of improvements, just a little while after the launch Microsoft posted on its Windows Blog another change available now.

Internet Explorer 11 changed

Internet Explorer 11 now has the option to disable VBScript from executing.

In case you weren’t aware, VBScript has been known to be a weak point in Internet Explorer making it incredibly exposed to all kinds of exploits to attack the system.

Starting with build 16237, VBScript will be disabled by default. It will still be possible to enable or to disable the VBScript execution per site security zone using the Registry or via the Group Policy.

Users who are not part of the Windows Insider Program will see this change coming in the future on previous versions of Windows through a cumulative update included in a security patch.

Reasons for maintaining Internet Explorer

Some users keep asking themselves what reasons Microsoft still has to update Internet Explorer since Microsoft developed Edge for this particular reason. In the end, though, it’s still not so rich in features like other web browsers including Internet Explorer 11. Some users even like IE11 more because you can’t reset Edge to default settings in a GUI like you can do in IE11 in Internet Options.

What’s more, there are lots of businesses that still rely on Internet Explorer for their internal web apps, and this way, bug fixes, and security are some essential elements for Internet Explorer. Microsoft still has to maintain Internet Explorer even if the company doesn’t necessarily update it anymore in a traditional way.


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