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Microsoft® launches ie6countdown website

Microsoft has launched the website, www.ie6countdown.com, to encourage users of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) to upgrade to the latest version of the web browser. With the announcement by Microsoft of planning to do away with IE6 and the launch of a countdown for the old version of the browser, Internet Explorer 9 will have better positioning.

internet Explorer 6 is a very popular browser in China, South Korea, India and Taiwan. This browser has very marginal usage in US. Even the introduction of the new and powerful IE8 and IE9, have not been able to restrict the growth of competitive Google Chrome and Apple Safari. The IE6 has been and continues to be a stronghold in business environments, and upgradation of web based applications, built around the IE6 as also, Intranets designed around the IE6, can be quite difficult and cumbersome. Even though the IE6 has had various security issues, forcing people to move to the IE7, the population of IE6 usage is still quite large.

With Microsoft announcing practical closure of Windows XP by 2014, the IE6, which was originally launched with Windows XP, will become obsolete. It is but natural that the IE6 warnings start well in advance. Over a year ago there was already a large hype announcing the closure of IE6. Today, after over a year, the IE6 browser still has a large presence. The ten year old browser needs to go. As of today, with over 12 percent users globally, it does not make sense terminating support.

With this campaign of IE6 death watch, when the user base reduces to 1/2 or 1 percent, ending total support is feasible. Various websites, including Microsoft’s own website, have put up various tools, guidelines, codes, and support information, to help web developers systematically close their IE6 developments, and migrate to newer browsers. This advanced information and benefits of moving to a better browser resources, will definitely help industry move to the next platform in a structured manner. Various organizations have taken steps to eliminate the IE6 and move to IE8 and IE9.

Microsoft® patches Windows® and Internet Explorer®

In February 2011, Microsoft issued three bulletins related to the Internet Explorer (IE) security based patches for each week. These bulletins address 22 security vulnerabilities. MS11-003 carries updates related to 4 vulnerabilities. Also included is a fix for the bug that is outlined in the Microsoft advisory. This is a bug that could give outsiders access to a person’s settings.

Focused on this vulnerability, the task of removing this bug has been downplayed by Microsoft. To put this point through, Microsoft released telemetry statistics to state how the vulnerability can stack up against the patched vulnerability of Windows Shell, and explaining why a fix could not be released other than the normal cycle of release.

The next vulnerability addressed is the attack on thumbnail image. This fixes a loophole in the security of Microsoft Windows Graphic Engine that allows attacks on the files with thumbnail address. It allows outsiders gain knowledge and use of the incumbent’s computer and makes them load a specially formatted image. This problem is there in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. However, it is absent in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 as Microsoft puts it.

The third or the other vulnerability is against open type compact font attack that has led to load a malicious font type which then spreads to the system. Rating second in the index, this vulnerability is rendered a patch remedy now. The vulnerability has also been disclosed privately and rates high in the index list.  Along with these patches, Microsoft is also changing the Autorun facility on USB thumb drives in previous versions of Windows, earlier than Windows 7.

The update tackles basically 22 vulnerabilities that have come up in the course of the discovering of vulnerabilities as per reports and actual experiences. The extent to which these vulnerabilities affect the Windows operating system is to a great extent available to Microsoft based on which they release patches and updates every week. On February 8, 2011, these patches were released which would have taken effect by now.

Safari® and Internet Explorer® hacked at Pwn2Own contest

Pwn2Own is a hacking contest sponsored by the HP Digital Vaccine Labs (HP DVL), which is a research organization specializing in the analysis of security vulnerabilities. The objective of the contest is to help vendors develop patches for better security, as well as filters for better customer protection. HP’s Converged Infrastructure focuses on advanced data protection in the integration of data center technologies towards improved flexibility and scalability, in the cloud computing world.

In a statement, Dan Holden, director of HP DVL, said that sponsoring the Pwn2Own contest for the fifth consecutive year enables HP to remain on the leading edge of the security industry. This helps them to offer clients unique protection against malicious attacks. This year, the Pwn2Own contest covered Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as well as 4 mobile devices, including the Dell Venue Pro, Apple iPhone, Blackberry 9800 and Nexus S.

Interestingly the Pwn2Own contest, found its beginnings to challenge the fact that Apple’s products were immune to viruses and other computer attacks, way back in 2007. The CanSecWest computer security conference decided to host a hacking contest to prove that Apple products are also vulnerable. A cash prize of $10,000 was on offer plus a MacBook for any hacker who could break into a new fully patched MacBook. Vulnerabilities so found in this contest would be provided with all details to the manufacturer / vendor to develop the required security patches to take care of the same.

The 2008 contest had three targets – a MacBook Air running Leopard OS, a laptop running Windows Vista and a laptop running Ubuntu Linux. This time the MacBook and Windows Vista were hacked, keeping the Ubuntu intact. The 2009 contest had one more addition, namely the smartphones. Here, the Mac OS was exploited through both, Safari and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 on Windows Vista also, but the smartphones remained unaffected.

2010 saw Safari running Snow Leopard on the Mac fail, Mozilla Firefox on Windows 7 also failed, and Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) on Windows 7 was also exploited. The only browser that was not defeated was the Google Chrome. The iPhone again using Safari was also hacked. All this over the years proved that the Mac OS X, although being secure, is safer but not really any more secure than the Windows OS.

The 2011 Pwn2Own contest again saw the Apple Safari browser, and the IE 8, getting hacked. The Safari on a fully patched Mac OS X 10.6.6 MacBook was hacked. IE 8 on a 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1 using three separate vulnerabilities also went down. The Google Chrome OS hacker scheduled to exploit the CR 48 Chrome OS Notebook did not show up at the venue.

In the smartphone category, the iPhone 4 and the RIM Blackberry Torch 9800 succumbed to the hackers’ onslaught. The contest seems to be an interesting venture – testing the hacker, providing the vulnerability to the manufacturer, and making the IT world more secure.

How to Resolve Problems Related to the Display of Picture in IE

It happens most of the times when you want to view a web site in Internet Explorer then images on the web page may be incomplete. Basically this problem is occurs because of some display adapters, like STB Velocity 3D, STB Nitro 64, English STB Velocity Video with STB vision 95, ViRGE/VX 4MB 3-D PCI, Number 9 revolution 3-D PCI(8MB), Matrix mystique, STB velocity 128(Riva 128) Ver 1.70,Accel STAR II. If you want to solve this problem, then you can resolve these problems easily with this way, first you have to click on the start button, and then point to settings, click control panel and now double click system. After that you have to click on the performance tab and click graphics button. Now you have to move the hardware acceleration slider to the left one position. Finally you have to click on the OK button and again click on the OK button.

Cause and correction of these Symptoms

Pictures are not displayed on Web Sites in Internet Explorer can occur because of these reasons

If the image type is not supported by Internet Explorer then it may be create these problems. If the show pictures check box is not selected on the advance Tab of the Internet options dialog box. The images are displayed on the base of script. If your computer or network configured to block these features like, an ActiveX control, a Java program, or HTTP referral information then the program doesn’t performed properly. The Internet explorer  may not be  determine some character set, which is basically used by the Web page, or files or registry key. And these all are very important features to display the Web Page. This Internet Explorer basically use the character set of HTTP content type and this is returned by the server.

If you want to correct these issues, then follows these methods

Sometimes the link of the pictures on a web site can be broken, or a picture is not being displayed. Then you have to visit another website to determine that the pictures are displayed correctly or not. If you cannot view the pictures on another website or you cannot determine whether the website you are visiting is broken, then you have to try clearing your temporary internet files. If  you want to solve this problem, then you can use the Internet Explorer 8 to perform this.

If you want to clear temporary internet files at internet explorer 8, then you have to do these steps

At First you have to start internet explorer 8 and now on the tools menu you have to click on the internet options. After that you have to click on the general tab and click on the delete under browsing history and then finally click on the delete files now click on the OK button to close Internet Options dialog box.

At internet explorer 7

First you have start the Internet explorer 7 to click on the delete browsing history and then click on the delete files and finally click OK button to close the Internet options dialog box.

How to Resolve IE Problems in Windows 7

If you click a hyperlink an email messages or on a web page, r right click a hyperlink and want t open a new windows then, you have you face some problems like,

Nothing occurs after you click a link, the new windows will be blank, and you received a scripting error message like, No such interface supported, and the Internet explorer may not respond when you click on the print button or print preview button of the file menu. If you want to try to connect to the web folders, you may receive these kind of error message, the current operation could not be completed because an unexpected error has occurred.

Cause of this problems.

This is occur because of some problems like,

1.If the value setting in one or more of the following registry keys points to an incorrect location for the Urlmon.dil file

  • [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{79eac9e0-baf9-11ce-8c82-00aa004ba90b}\InprocServer32]
  • [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{79eac9f1-baf9-11ce-8c82-00aa004ba90b}\InprocServer32]
  • [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{79eac9f2-baf9-11ce-8c82

This kind of behavior may be occur when you install a customize version of internet explorer which was created with the Internet explorer administration KIT version 5.01 Service pack 1, 5.5 SP1.

2.If the following registry key is missing or damaged

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{00020400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

3.If these files are missing , damaged or improperly registered

  1. Urlmon.dll
  2. Mshtml.dll
  3. Actxprxy.dll
  4. Oleaut32.dll
  5. Shell32.dll
  6. Shdocvw.dll

Procedure to solve these problems

If you want to solve these problems then

  1. At first you have to quit all programs that are running.
  2. Then click on the start button, and then click run button.
  3. After that type regsvr32 urlmon.dll, and click on the OK button.
  4. Now, you receive the DIIRegisterServer in urlmon.dII succeeded message and finally click OK.

If you can’t solve the problem, then repeat step 2 through 4 for each of the following files

  • Shdocvw.dll
  • Actxprxy.dll
  • Oleaut32.dll
  • Mshtml.dll
  • Browseui.dll
  • Shell32.dll

For Windows XP and Windows 2000 only

At first restart the computer to enable the changes to take effect. But your problem is still not resolved, then verify these following registry values are present and correct

  1. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{00020400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
    Name: (Default)
    Value: IDispatch
  2. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{00020400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\ProxyStubClsid
    Name: (Default)
    Value: {00020420-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
  3. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{00020400-0000-0000-C000000000000046}\ProxyStubClsid32
    Name: (Default)
    Value: {00020420-0000-0000-C000-000000000046

If the problem is still here, then reinstall Internet Explorer. If you are using Internet Explorer with operating system then reinstall or repair your operation system.

For Internet Explorer Administration Kit Users

If this problem arise after install a customized version of Internet explorer that was created with the Internet Explorer Administration KIT version .01 Service Pack 1 (SP1), 5.5 SP1, or 6.0 and it is resolved by re-registering the Urlmon.dll file.

Use EAK for Internet Explorer 6

From Microsoft you can get a support hotfix, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem which is described in this article. And you have to apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

How to Change the Default Home Page in Internet Explorer

A home page is the page that you see when you first open your web browser. This page can be blank or a specified webpage. Your home page is also the page that you are directed to if you press the Home button in Internet Explorer. Regardless of what your current home page is, you can change it to your preferred website or use an add-on to dynamically customize its behavior. This guide is for those looking just to specify a webpage as their home page:

Setting a single home page

  • Run Internet Explorer.
  • Browse to the webpage you would like to use as your home page.
  • Click on the arrow that is beside the Home icon.
  • Click Add or Change Home Page.

If you have one tab open, there will be two options to choose from. If you have more than one tab open, you will find three options available.

  • Select Use this page as your only home page to make the webpage the only one that appears when you start Internet Explorer.
  • Click Yes.

Home page tabs

In Internet Explorer, you can make a number of homepages appear when you run the program. Each homepage will open in its own tab.

  • Select Add this webpage to your home page tabs to add the current tab to your list of home pages.
  • Click Yes.

Using a home page tab set

  • If you want to set multiple home page tabs quickly, you can do so first by opening all the desired web pages in separate tabs and then selecting Use the current tab set as your homepage.
  • Internet Explorer will remember all the tabs you have opened and save them in a tab set. The next time you open Internet Explorer; all the tabs will appear in one window.
  • Click Yes to finalize the changes you have made.

Restoring your home page to default settings or using a blank home page

If you want to revert any changes you have made to your home page settings you can do so through the Internet Explorer tools:

  • Run Internet Explorer and select Tools from the menu bar.
  • At the bottom of the drop down menu, select Internet Options.
  • In the General tab, click Use default.

This will undo all your changes and replace your home page with what it was when Internet Explorer was first installed.

  • If you would like a blank page to appear as your home page, select Use blank instead of Use default.
  • Click Ok.

The instructions in this guide should help a user in customizing one or more Internet Explorer’s home pages. You can also assign the new tab page as a home page by typing about:tabs in the address bar of Internet Explorer and following one of the instructions above. Although this guide is targeted at modifying the web address that is specified as your home page, users can explore other options by searching through Internet Explorer add-ons on the web.

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