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  1. Otto Wyss says:

    Look at "http://wyoguide.sourceforge.net", maybe you find more things to use. BTW your welcome to provide feedback.

  2. If you want to see what IE7 ought to shoot for, ignore Firefaox and install a copy of Avant Browser over the top of IE6 (www.avantbrowser.com). It’s got pretty much everything one would want to see in IE7 and it’s a whole lot more stable than Firefox on MY system.

  3. Jacob says:

    Hey, good work on IE, i am not the most proficient in telling what people should do, so im going to give you suggestions. as for the Tabbing and having a problem. why cant you take IE6, ..pretty much delete it all, and redo it all over again, as for security, i think its great. i dont like firefox or the others, mostly because it takes to damn long for the pages to load up with IE i think its quicker and its nice, yes i would like to see it take up less memory, but as of now its pretty good.. maybe make it a bit lower. other then that keep up the good work.

  4. Daniel says:

    Hello Tony,

    Hope you can forward me if I’m not at the good place but I was looking to ask a question about the new IE7 if this problem http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q306027 will be solved.

    I’m experimenting that problem a lot and after 2 years I just found out today it was that. I’m using a cookie manager thus I cannot just put the provided solution to put it back to default privacy.

    Anyway, I think it should be fixed and still don’t know why they left it unfixed since then.

    Thank you. If I must send this to an email, let me know.

  5. I found this news story on Techweb and I believe it more than anything else points to the problem most of us have with IE, apart from the lack of innovation on your part for the last 4 years. As the article points out "Ransom-ware" exploits vulnerabilities in IE to infect a user’s computer. This is one of the main reason’s I switched to firefox, since I’ve been using that browser (1yr) I have not had a single instance of Spyware on my computer. With IE the problem was a recurring one, every month I had at least one infection and frankly not enough time to deal with it. When I switched to Firefox everything changed. The moral of this post- While it is great that IE is finally going to catch up to other browsers in terms of tabs and other superficial improvements, the one thing it needs to really focus on is security. Perhaps not embedding it to the OS would prevent some of the attacks, I don’t know, but you guys should look into it. Till then, I am using Firefox, even if IE comes out with a tabbed IE7.

    May 31, 2005 (2:26 PM EDT)

    techweb techweb

    techweb Spyware Software Dubbed ‘Ransom-ware’

    By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb News

    An apparently bogus anti-spyware tool is the newest addition to the expanding "ransom-ware" category of malware, Panda Software said Tuesday.

    Ransom-ware, the term some have slapped on malicious code that infects a PC, then demands money in return for cleaning up the machine or unlocking suddenly-encrypted documents, is just another example of how hackers are increasingly driven by greed, Luis Corrons, the director of Panda’s research lab, said in a press release. Now, said, Corrons, a purported anti-spyware product, SpywareNo, joins the list of ransom-ware.

    <b>Surreptitiously downloaded when users visit certain porn or pirate Web sites, SpywareNo exploits vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to get onto a PC.<b> Once it installs itself, it creates an icon on the desktop and displays a bogus warning that the system’s infected with spyware, Corrons said. (It also modifies the Windows Registry to guarantee it runs every time the PC is started, even after the user thinks he’s managed to manually delete the program.)

    The warnings are as fake as a $3 bill.

    The on-screen alert invites users to purchase the full version ($20 for a month’s subscription, $60 for an annual plan); only those who pay the ransom see the "threats" disappear.

    "If users fail to register, this commercial software will ‘detect’ threats that don’t actually exist on the computer, and which will ‘disappear’ as soon as users pay for the product," said Panda in its own warning.

    In a release posted to the Spyware Warrior anti-spyware message forum, someone claiming to be the public relations manager for SpywareNo took exception with the ransom-ware categorization, and blamed the drive-by-installs on out-of-control affiliates.

    "The spyware removal software market is so overcrowded," wrote someone identifying herself as Jessica Simmons. "The competition is very very hard. That is why we direct all our efforts to development itself and have no time and power to advertise our products effectively. We use affiliated advertisers to do this. This is an easy way for us. This way is a very dangerous though. It is a shame that some of our advertisers do not respect the law, but unfortunately we are unable to check them all at the initial stage."

    The poster went on to say that SpywareNo "does not install silently or without permission," and that any such instance is due to "those unprincipled advertisers."

    End-users commenting to the dslreports.com message forum, however, say different. One said SpywareNo got installed "out of nowhere," while Eric Howes, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, a contributor to the Spyware Warrior site and list, noted "the [SpywareNo] scanner turned up eight listed spyware programs, all ‘high risk’ in just two seconds. Even a scan of the processes [running in Windows] takes five or six seconds. That’s a big red flag," he said. "SpywareNo wasn’t actually scanning anything at all.

    "Within 48 hours of the first report we had of SpywareNo, we had reports from all over the place," said Howes. "The fact that the reports came from a number of different sources, at about the same time" indicate that it had been seeded on multiple Web sites.

    Phony spyware detection isn’t a new tactic, said Howes, who compared SpywareNo’s approach to others, such as Spywiper and SpyWareAssassin, two products which have been investigated by the Federal Trade Commission.

    "They’re guilty of unfair practices, just as was SpyWareAssassin," Howes alleges. "But I think Panda is on to something by classifying it as ‘ransom-ware.’

    "SpywareNo has been irresponsible at best," he added. "I’ve stopped listening to that ‘our affiliates did it’ excuse years ago. Even if its’ true, they’re still responsible."

    Attempts to contact SpywareNo, which according to the alleged public relations spokeswoman, is based in Istanbul, were unsuccessful.

  6. tonyschr says:

    Surfer, as long as you keep your OS and browser(s) up to date with the latest security fixes and you don’t willingly install software from dubious web pages you shouldn’t need to worry about the issue in the posted article.

  7. tonyschr says:

    Daniel, hmm… that’s a weird bug. I’ll look at it when I get a chance.

  8. Ron Schmidt says:

    Hi. Please see my comments under the ‘MSN’s Tabbed Browsing’ blog. My comments relate to IE. Thanks much.

  9. Ron Schmidt says:

    Hi. My name is Ron Schmidt. I am a developer for Georgia Pacific Corporation for the last 22 years, and in my spare time at home for the last 4 years have developed a Browser totally written in VB6. I have read all the difficulties about tabbed browsers in IE7 and just wanted let you know that I have mastered tabbed browsing in my browser using the WebBrowser control. I would love to show you my browser and what it can do. It is a total full blown Browser with all the bells and whistles. It has all the features of IE6 plus bunches of my own features. It will blow away FireFox. It has features such as AutoBrowse, AutoRefresh, AutoScroll, Popup Blocking, Web Site Blocking, and many more built-in to the browser. I have sent an email to Microsoft in the past about it when I first learned IE7 was being developed to combat FireFox. Again I would love to somehow show it to you all. I am very proud of this Browser and have spent a lot of time making it perfect. Below is the email I sent. If you would like to get in touch with me, my email address is ‘rschmidt1970@cfl.rr.com’. Thank You very much.

    ———-Original Email to Microsoft —–

    Hi. I just read on CNN/Money where you all are going to build a new version of Internet Explorer for security and competition with FireFox reasons and thought that I have to take a chance. I have been wanting to tell you all about this for a while now. I have for about the last 4 years been developing a great Browser with tons of features using your Webbrowser control. It is totally written in Visual Basic. I know a program written in C++,,etc is probably a better program, but Visual Basic is great and there is nothing that I have found so far that can not be accomplished. The browser works great and no one will ever be able to tell it is VB. For years I have watched what features other browsers have and I would do the same to mine and make it even better. I downloaded FireFox a few weeks ago to see what all the hipe was about, and after checking FireFox out for a while, I realized that my browser would blow them out of the water. I would love to tell you all the features,,etc, but only if you all are interested(which I really hope you would be). The features I have in my browser would be great in your next version. I know you all (IE:Microsoft) are the KING of all software and none of what I have developed would be possible without the great tools and programs from Microsoft, and I really love Windows programming, but I feel really scared even mentioning my Browser to you all just because you all can technically out-do anything I can do, but I had to take a chance. My browser and some other Internet related programs are used extensively at work. I have been working for Georgia Pacific Corporation for the last 22 years and they are really big on Microsoft products. I know I have not told you much about the details of my Browser, but if you are interested, please email me at rschmidt1970@cfl.rr.com. I would love to send screen prints and more details, but you really just have to see it and try it. Thanks very much.

    Ron Schmidt

  10. IE user says:

    I read that tabbed browsing will be on by default in IE7. I’m hoping that the user experience in IE7 is not different in any way from the user experience in IE6 for those of us who don’t use tabs. I like Ctrl+N for a new window and using atl+tab to switch between windows. I don’t want these new tabs getting in my way.

    My guess is that a vocal minority of power-users use tabs, but most non-technical users don’t. It would be a shame if you started confusing people with this new feature.

    Keep up the good work. I don’t envy you guys and all the abuse you have to take.