Among the most annoying features of the Internet, the Meta Refresh is an anachronistic relic of the past that seems to persist only as a tool for owners of black hat websites. Fortunately, Internet Explorer offers you the ability to disable meta refresh as a security measure and a means to reduce the annoying automatic updating of web pages.
What is a Meta Refresh?
A Meta Refresh is nothing more than a short piece of HTML code that automatically reloads a Web page after a specified number of seconds. This code can also redirect your browser to a new web page. The Meta Refresh code similar to the following:
This particular example redirects you to //www.newpage.com after 5 seconds. Setting the CONTENT variable to zero would make the page automatically updated without first loading the page.
Why disable Meta Refreshing?
In the old days of the Internet, Meta Refresh was used to hide content, update scheduled announcements to randomly load them and artificially inflate the counters to make a page appear more popular than it actually was.
Some of the legitimate reasons for using Meta Refresh include redirecting visitors to the new location of a moved website, sending users to the home page after viewing a thank you page for a short time and forcing the viewer to update the page to avoid displaying old content in the user's cache.
Although not particularly dangerous, Meta Refreshes are often used by unscrupulous Web page programmers to drag you to a Web page using a single content and then redirect you to another page with other content. Named as a black hat technique, most major search engines are smart enough not to fall for this method of "cloaking" web content.
There are other consequences of Meta Refresh that are not so benign. Some web content contains viruses and other security risks. Being redirected to a page with malicious content can be dangerous. Although not a big security risk, some Internet users prefer not to be victims of a Meta Refresh and opt to disable them in IE.
How to disable Meta Refresh in IE
Disable the Meta Refresh in IE quite simple. First, click Tool> Internet Options to open the Internet Options window.
Then click on the tab Safety and locate the button Custom level . Click on the button Custom level to open the Security Settings – Internet Window window.
In the box Settings, scroll to the section Various and identify the option Allow META update . Under the option Allow META REFRESH, change the option from Skills to Disable . This all. You won't be bothered by Meta Refreshes in IE again.
Note, however, that there are some valid reasons why a Web page programmer can use a Meta Refresh. If your browser does not display the content correctly or a web page behaves in a funny way, you can try to enable Meta Refreshing again to see if the problem is solved.