Introduction to ActiveX – Part Two: Managing ActiveX controls

Friday, November 30, 2007 6:26 AM   In Part One of our Introduction to ActiveX, we covered the basics of ActiveX controls.  Today we’re going to go over some ActiveX specifics as they relate to the Internet Explorer environment and the management of ActiveX controls.  The default installation location for ActiveX controls is %windir%\Downloaded Program…


BHO’s, Security and Shell Extensions

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 6:08 AM Today we’re going to wrap up our overview of Browser Helper Objects with a look at BHO’s and Security as well as similarities between BHO’s and Shell Extensions.  If you recall from our first post on BHO’s, a BHO is an extension to Internet Explorer that adds customization and…


The Basics of Browser Helper Objects

Friday, December 07, 2007 6:00 AM In our last few posts on Internet Explorer, we’ve looked at ActiveX Controls.  Today we’re going to take a look at the Basics of Browser Helper Objects (BHO’s).  We’re not going to cover BHO’s and Security in this post, that will be covered in our next post on BHO’s….


Introduction to ActiveX – Part Three: Security and Security Zones

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 5:47 AM One of the most common calls that we get relates to the warning dialogs, the “gold bar” message or even the infamous “Red X” image being displayed where the ActiveX control should be loaded.  In some instances, the problem is caused by a failure of the control itself.  However,…


Managing the "Launching Applications and Unsafe Files" Setting

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 6:30 AM We are often asked about the centralized management of Internet Explorer configuration options for which there are no Group Policy settings included with the default IE GPO templates.  One of the settings that we are asked about the most is the “Launching Applications and Unsafe Files” setting, since that…


Introduction to ActiveX – Part One

Friday, November 16, 2007 7:27 AM On Tuesday, we wrote about the upcoming changes in behavior for how Internet Explorer handles embedded controls.  Today we’re going to discuss the basics of ActiveX controls themselves – what they are and why they are important.  We’re not going to go into how to create and code ActiveX…


IE Automatic Component Activation

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:00 AM Back in April 2006, Microsoft made a change in how IE handled embedded controls used on some web pages.  These changes resulted in some sites requiring users to “Click to Activate” before they could interact with the control.  Microsoft has now licensed the technologies from Eolas, removing the “Click…


Internet Explorer and SSL Closure Alerts

Friday, November 09, 2007 6:00 AM Today we’re going to talk about SSL Closure Alerts in Internet Explorer.  This is usually manifested as the user getting the “Page Cannot Be Displayed” error when connecting to a secure website hosted on a non-Microsoft Web Server.  Before we get too deep into the analysis though, it is…


Internet Explorer: A Bigger Cookie Jar

Although the majority of IE cookie issues are handled by our Developer Support team, every now and then a question about cookies will reach us on the Performance team.  Often, the question will revolve around the number of cookies stored per domain.  Prior to the August Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer, the IE cookie jar…


Under the Hood: WinINet

We often have to work with customers to understand why a specific IE scenario fails.  In some instances we may have to enable some custom logging and data collection to get to the root cause.  However, understanding why we are doing what we are doing is crucial from our customers’ standpoint especially in the post-mortem…