I was recently trying to download some development tools from MSDN where a Microsoft File Download Plug-in is used. Every time I clicked the download link, the file download manager tried to launch and then crash the Internet Explorer session. I had also seen this with some open source remote help desk tools, but figured it was a bad update on the plug-ins.
Well the answer was, Microsoft is trying to manage your memory so to prevent attacks on your computer. To install the plug-ins, you need to :
- Go to the Tools menu
- Click on Internet Options
- Click on the Advanced tab.
- Go to the Security Section
- Uncheck the “Enable memory protection to help mitigate online attacks *”
- Click Apply
- Click OK
Close Internet Explorer and then try your plug-in that previously crashed your Internet Explorer. If you are not a local administrator, you will have to contact your IT department to do this for you.
When your plug-in is installed or you have finished your activity, re-enable the “Enable memory protection to help mitigate online attacks *” option as extra protection. I and Microsoft do not recommend surfing without this option enabled.