Archive for the ‘Internet Explorer’ Category

You can uninstall IE8 in Windows7, says Microsoft

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 users would be able to remove IE 8 or Internet Explorer 8 including other applications from the OS. This ability of removing IE8 is revealed by some bloggers after they worked around the Windows 7 Built 7048, which is a post beta version which was leaked to file sharing sites on the internet. Mike Nash the vice president of Windows product management had declined to comment over the bloggers’ report and said that it is unfortunate that builds leak off thorough the web. However Jack Mayo, the group program manager from Windows team had acknowledged that the new OS would includes a wide list of applications and features that can actually be switched off.

Therefore in the Engineering Windows 7 blog entry Jack Mayo has listed the applications which can be switched off. These applications include Internet Explorer 8, Windows DVD maker, scan and fax, Windows Gadget platform, handwriting recognition, Windows Media player, Windows search, Windows Media Center and XPS Viewer services. He also explained that the files linked to these features and applications are not really deleted from the hard drive. When a features or application is deselected, it would also not be available for use. This means that the data and binary files are not loaded by the OS and so are not available to the user on the PC. These files are dramatic so that they can be back to the OS without wanting any extra media. The staging is important feedbacks received form the users who surely are not satisfied with the long process in DVD installation.

Jack Mayo also said that the APIs related to these applications are still supported by Windows 7 even when these features ore applications are disabled. However Jack Mayo did not provide any examples of what APIs would still be support when users switch off IE8, but most probably windows update which mainly relies on the web browser would stay functional. He also did not mention about the new antitrust charges of the European Union against Microsoft which the bloggers Bryant Zadegan and Chris Holmes quoted as the possible reason why the company had added the IE8 option.

The EU regulators had earlier claimed that Microsoft safeguards IE from its competition by bundling it with the Windows OS. The competition commission of EU said that among the possible solutions it might make the company cripple Internet Explorer if the user installs a rival browser like Chrome from Google or Firefox from Mozilla. Jonathan Todd the EU spokesman said that Microsoft can also be told to technically let users to disable Internet Explorer code in case the user chooses to install a competitive browser. Microsoft has declined to reply on whether the decision to let users remove IE8 is anyway linked to the EU case. However the option to remove IE8 is only available in the post beta builds and is also restricted to just a small group of people.

Microsoft plans critical patches for IE and Exchange

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Microsoft Corporation states that they would soon deliver 4 security updates wherein 2 of them are specifically critical and would finally subject a patch to the SQL Server on which they were working. These four updates are specified in the advance notice that will overturn bugs in Internet Explorer 7, Visio application which is part of Office Lineup, the exchange mail server software and the SQL Server. The Exchange vulnerabilities and IE are marked critical as the highest risk ranking of the company while the Visio bugs and SQL Server are labeled important, a step lower.The SQL Server updates would repair the vulnerability which was acknowledged by Microsoft during December 2008. The director of security operations in nCircle Network Security, Andrew Storms said that there is a lineup created between the optional with affected editions of SQL Server. Additionally this bug is also prominent for a number of reasons. After Microsoft had confirmed about the vulnerability, the advisory noted that the exploit code was published. However after several days the company also acknowledged that they had first received the report about bugs from Bernhard Mueller the SEC Consult Security in Vienna based security based company. Mueller had disclosed about this bug early in December 2008 after there was not word from Microsoft and he said that the company failed to reply several messages during the 2 months before when he had asked about the updates on patch’s progress.

Most of the security analysts were expecting Microsoft to act fast. Wolfgang Kandek the chief technology officer of Qualys Security Company, for instance, during late December foreseen that Microsoft would update a fix “out of band” (a term that were when patches issued outside normal monthly schedule of Microsoft). Storms said about the SQL Server and IE Exchange patches that three of them are evenly important at least by the information they have as it is all dependent on the infrastructure of an enterprise.

He continued that companies are always responsive when exchanging fixes and so the serious fix that is set for Exchange Server 2007, 2003 and 2000 would be analyzed carefully. He said that messaging is also very important to enterprises and so they will also spend time in making sure that the patches work fine. The plus point is that he said, the does not needs to be restarted a note in Microsoft’s bulletin. Storms said that it might mean it is not essentially a huge hold or that they would just get lucky as they will not need to restart the Exchange servers and the IT administrators will be able to organize the patch even quicker. The Internet Explorer vulnerability should be something exclusive to IE7 he said. However according to Microsoft this Critical vulnerability would affect only that particular version of browser and not IE5.01 or IE6 as the latter editions which are just for Windows 2000 and also the oldest browser which Microsoft even today supports with their security updates.

Internet Explorer and common Errors

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

An Introduction to Internet Explorer

Windows Internet Explorer, also known as Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE or IE), is a type of graphical web browser developed by Microsoft. Today, It is the most popular web browser as over half of the world’s online population are still using Microsoft Internet Explorer to browse the Internet, enjoy all sorts of rich-media content and interact with the rest of the world. The latest version of Internet Explorer is IE 7.

Common Causes for Internet Explorer Problems

Internet Explorer is vulnerable to attacks brought over by malware on the Internet. Simply put, Internet Explorer is always on the frontline of your PC contacting the “wild wild web”. Therefore, IE is always the primary target for malware exploits. Besides being endangered by malware, Internet Explorer also suffers stability issues as being part of the Windows operating system. Particularly with conflicts and errors of Windows Registry settings, IE becomes unstable, crashes often, or loses Internet connections.

Tips to Fix Internet Explorer Errors?

It is often neglected that many issues with Internet Explorer are not caused by malware, especially if you are a responsible PC user who has anti-virus installed on your PC. The best solution to fix and put a stop to Internet Explorer (IE) errors is to always maintain a clean and optimized Windows Registry, which contains nothing but registry keys and values that are absolutely necessary and correct for the Windows operating system and legitimately installed applications.

The most effective, secure and feasible way to completely eliminate Internet Explorer errors is to use a reputable and trustworthy Windows Registry cleaning and optimization software such as RegCure.

How to disable runtime errors in Internet Explorer?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Are you getting annoying messages such as “A Runtime Error has occurred. Do you wish to Debug?” or “Internet Explorer Script Error. An error has occurred in the script on line 1. Do you wish to continue running scripts on this page?”

There are three reasons why these problems occur. The first is that the web page author made some programming error. The second reason may be that you are running a pop-up killer that closes pop-up windows so fast that the script on the web page fails. The third is that you might have some adware or spyware installed on your computer that opens the script error pop-ups.

How to disable script and runtime errors
You can configure Internet Explorer to ignore these script and runtime errors. Please follow this step-by-step guide:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click on Tools, then on Internet Options.

3. Click on the Advanced tab.

4. Look for the “Disable script debugging” line and put a check mark in the box.

5. Now look for the “Display a notification about every script error” line and remove the check mark in the box.

Still getting script errors?

f you still get the script or runtime error messages after disabling them in Internet Explorer, the problem might be that you have some unwanted spyware or adware installed on your computer. We recommend that you scan your computer with one anti-spyware. We recommend Pareto Logic Anti Spyware.

View Source doesn’t work in Internet Explorer

Friday, March 7th, 2008

When you attempt to view the source HTML of a web page in Internet Explorer it may not be displayed for several reasons. This article describes some of the common causes of this problem.

There are a number of reasons that the Internet Explorer View Source feature may not function correctly, below is a list of the most common causes.

  1. Temporary Files Full
    When the Internet Explorer disk cache becomes full it may stop the View Source function from working. To resolve, open Internet Explorer and click “Tools” > “Internet Options” > “Delete Files”.
  2. Cookie Folder Location
    This issue can also occur if your Cookies folder is located on an NTFS partition and you do not have at least Change permissions for the Cookies folder. To resolve, make sure your account has sufficient permissions on the Cookies folder.
  3. Missing Notepad.exe
    The View Source function uses Notepad to display the HTML, if “notepad.exe” is missing from the Windows directory then it will not work. To resolve, ensure a copy of Notepad.exe is in the Windows directory.
  4. Incomplete Page Download
    If you press the ESC key before the page has completed loading then the “View Source” menu item may not be displayed.
  5. View Source Restriction
    The View Source function may have been restricted by your Administrator. To resolve, see the “NoViewSource” registry value in Internet Explorer Restrictions.
  6. Invalid Temporary Directory
    You may also receive this error if the path specified for the TMP environment variable is invalid. To resolve, make sure that the TEMP directory is a valid directory and that there is sufficient space on the drive.
  7. Invalid View Source Program
    If you have specified an alternate program to view the source code. To resolve, make sure that the alternate viewer is valid and operational.
  8. Right-click disabled by Web Page
    Some web pages may implement a restriction to stop visitors from right-clicking on the web page. The source may still be viewed by clicking the main “View” menu, then “Source”.

Restart Internet Explorer for most of these changes to take effect.

Home Page Setting Problems in Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

If you use Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 as your commonly used internet browser, you may experience problems with your home page setting. Your home page setting in Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 may change unexpectedly, or you may be unable to change your home page setting in Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7. You may also find that after you set your own home page, after reboot your PC, the home page in Internet Explorer has been changed to a different web site. Your modification doesn’t take in effect.

There are several reasons why this Internet Explorer home page setting problem can happen. The first reason could be that your PC is infected with a spyware, adware, or a virus. The second reason is that you may have installed third party software which changed your Internet Explorer home page setting. The last reason is that you may also experience this Internet Explorer home page setting problem if your administrator configured your home page by using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK), by using Group Policy, by using System Policy, or by using manual registry settings such as a logon script.

According to different reasons there are different methods to solve the Internet Explorer home page setting problem.

Method 1. Use an anti-spyware or anti-virus software

If the cause of your Internet Explorer home page setting problem is because of malware. The only thing you can do is to install and run anti spyware and anti virus software. We recommend you use Pareto Logic Anti Spyware and MacroVirus Anti Virus Solution. After fixing your errors using the softwares, reboot your PC, and test your Internet Explorer again.

Method 2. Upgrade your Internet Explorer to Internet Explorer 7 if you are still using Internet Explorer 6 or earlier versions

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or an earlier version of Internet Explorer, upgrade to Windows Internet Explorer 7. Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP and Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista have many security improvements that make Internet Explorer less susceptible to spyware and to malware. Typically, badly written add-ins can affect the browsing experience in Internet Explorer 7. RIES enables Internet Explorer 7 to recover from such situations.

To use RIES in Windows Internet Explorer 7, follow these steps:

1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Reset.
3. On the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, click Reset.
4. When Internet Explorer 7 finishes restoring the default settings, click Close, and then click OK two times.
5. Close Internet Explorer 7. The changes take effect the next time that you open Internet Explorer 7.

Note If you cannot start Internet Explorer 7 for some reason, use RIES the Internet Options item in Control Panel.