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Clear your temporary files automatically

If you're really serious about keeping people out of your browsing business, you can automatically delete your cached files every time you close your browser. To do this:

1. In Internet Explorer, open the Tools menu and click Internet Options.
2. Click the Advanced tab and then scroll to Security.
3. Select the Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed checkbox, and then click Apply.

Now, every time you close your browser, your cached files are automatically deleted.

Block Annoying Ads Easily

One easy way to block ads from appearing on your computer is by modifying your Windows "hosts" file. This file allows you to specify an IP for a specific domain so any requests from that computer will be automatically sent to the specified IP.

For instance, a line in your hosts file which looks like this:
will cause any attempt to go to Google to be forced to look to the local IP (

You can create entries for ad servers here as well, essentially blocking them. The problem is there are literally thousands of ad servers you would have to find and maintain. No worries, simply download and install Host Secure from this site:
and allow it to automatically maintain your hosts file for you.

Why Does IE Now Require “http:” In The Address Bar?

A reader wonders: My IE address bar will not respond when you type in, say, "www.yahoo.com." you have to put http:// in front of the address. This just started happening tonight, 4/15/2006. What's up?

Answer: To put it bluntly… Microsoft messed up.

I’ve gotten a flurry of reports of this behavior… all starting on 4/15. Right after Windows automated update. Some have even accused us of disabling their IE browser, sending them a ton of SPAM and many other evils they found only after applying for the Bo Alert Newsletter. I wouldn't mind so much but we take every precaution to be absolutely sure that their information on folks is never compromised....coincidence? In this case, yup!

Microsoft acknowledges that there’s an issue, and I believe that this is the issue causing your behaviour. It affects more than just IE - but also places some of the blame on some third party software.

First, here’s the Knowledgebase article that applies: 
Problems in Windows Explorer or the Windows shell after you install security update MS06-015.

I first learned of the problem as a Microsoft Office issue, where people are unable to open files in "My Documents." The Knowledgebase article actually includes several symptoms:

Not everyone is seeing the problem. One of two additional factors apparently need to be present: Hewlett-Packard's "Share-to-Web" software, or Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall. I don't use HP so would never really know about this problem if not for our Q&A's vie email.

The Knowledgebase article does include a workaround - but it involves a registry addition. A fairly obscure registry setting at that.

NOTE: the following is provided without warrantee, and should be used at your own risk. As always, be wary of anything you download from the internet, even from me. Backup first, backup often.

Bo Note: That disclaimer out of the way, I'd also recommend that if you can, just live with the behavior. I'd guess that the next round of updates will fix it. For more on the uses of the System Registry, please see Bo's Tweaky Clean Windows

But, if you need the fix now, here is a ."reg" file that will install that registry setting for you: 918165.reg. Just copy the text below the ~~~~~~~~~~ line and above the --------------- line into Notepad. once copied, save the text article as a Registry file, the extention will be REG. so for out peurposes, name the file  918165.reg

The registry setting apparently only deals with the HP software issue. Folks using Kerio firewall are instructed in the Knowledgebase article to make a configuration change to it.


``Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Cached]


(There may be some line wrapping, but it's 4 lines, total.)

Save the text file as REG to a location you can remember, possibly on your Desktop then once saved, locate the file and double click on it. The registry edit will be made automatically. Reboot the system when finished.

I know a lot of people will start to worry about automatic updates breaking their system in the future. Obviously it can happen. However my opinion is that the benefit still far outweighs the risk. I'm leaving it on.

After installing Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2, and going to the Windows Update site, you receive the error; 
"Error number: 0x80190193".

This error can be caused by a corrupted or out of date Script Editor. Here is one fix for ths type of err. 

This usually occurs when the server is busy. "Please try Windows Update again later."

In some cases, this problem is resolved by installing the latest version of Windows Script. You can download this from

1. Click on the link to Microsoft Windows Script 5.6 Download.
2. Download the appropriate package.
3. Save Scripten.exe to your desktop.
4. After download double-click on the Scripten.exe program to install.
5. Reboot the system and try the Windows Update site again.


is the download location for XP

Reinstall Internet Explorer

If for any reason you have accidentally or purposely removed IE from your computer and want to get it back, try this tip. 

To reinstall Internet Explorer:

1.) Place Windows XP CD into your CD Drive 
2.) Go to "Start | Run" and type 

"rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 c:\windows\inf\ie.inf" 

and hit enter.

This should copy the IE files back to your computer so it is useable again.

Internet Explorer Doesn’t Ask Where To Save Files?

Reader Dennis asks:
I have been reading your articles for quite a while and now I have a situation of my own and am hoping that you can help. The problem is that when I click a link to download a file, there are no options for me to choose where I can save the file. Subsequently, I cannot locate the files I download from the web. I have searched all over my computer but have had no luck. I would appreciate any help you can provide in resolving this problem.

Possible Answer:
I've been asked this question a number of times in the past. This problem can be resolved by altering the Confirm Open after Download option for a specific file extension (example: an .EXE file, a .DOC file, etc). To do this:

  1. Go to My Computer 
  2. Go to the Tools menu and choose Folder Options 
  3. Go to the File Types tab 
  4. Scroll down to the File Extension that you want to change (hint: the file extension you want to change corresponds with the type of file you're attempting to download that does not give you the option to Save) 
  5. Click on the Advanced button 
  6. Checkmark; "Confirm Open after Download".

There is also a special case for the file executable file extension (.EXE) which is *not* listed in the "File Extensions" listing (as described above). For this, you will need to do a registry edit.

Warning, this next section advises you on a Registry Edit. Please see: Bo's Tweaky Clean Windows for more and how to backup and restore the System Registry from a bad edit.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Blaisdell's Little Corner of the Web, Bohunky0, nor any of it's affiliates can guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Bo's Tweaky Clean Windows

Normally, when you try and download a .EXE (self-executable) file with Internet Explorer, you are prompted to "Always ask before opening this type of file." Should you happen to accidentally checkmark the "Don't ask me this again" box: the next time an .EXE file is about to be downloaded, you will not be prompted to open the file and it will automatically open for you (not good!). Obviously, this is a *major* security issue because almost all viruses, worms, Trojans, and Spyware are transmitted through self-executable file packages.

To reset the Internet Explorer .EXE download file extension:

For further information, refer to this Microsoft KB article:


Set Up A Mailing Group In Outlook Express

want to send a message to a group of people, you could add each email address individually. Although, if you regularly send a message to the same group of people (such as family, relatives, or friends), a more efficient way would be to create a mailing group and add members to it. Then when you want to send your message, all you need to do is select the group and the message is sent to all the group’s members.

To create a new group in Outlook Express:

1. Within Outlook Express, open the Address Book.
2. From the File menu, click New Group.
3. Type in a name for the group.
4. Click the Select Members button. Highlight the contacts you want to add to the group and click Select. This     moves each contact to the Members list. Click OK.
5. Click OK.
6. Close the Address Book.

Now you can use the group when sending messages. Within the New Message dialog box, click the To: button. From the list of contacts, locate the group you just created, click To:, and click OK. The message will now be sent to all members of the selected group.

Internet Explorer Has Encountered A Problem And Needs To Close
I Know, we have this covered, but we have been getting a lot of email on this question, so here it is again.

When you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 to view a Web page that hosts an ActiveX control, you may receive an error message that is similar to the following:

Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close.

When you click the link at the bottom of the message box to view the details, you receive an error signature that is similar to the following:

Error signature:
AppName: iexplore.exe
AppVer: 6.0.2800.1106
ModName: mshtml.dll
ModVer: 6.0.2800.1498
Offset: 002291f4

The issue occurs after you install security update 890923. This update is documented in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-020.

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft Windows service pack that contains this hotfix.

[Continue reading Microsoft Knowledge Base article 899812]

For more on this and other Microsoft Security Bulletins, please see Bo's Microsoft's Bug of the Month

NewIE Window Displays Blank White Page
I Know, we have this covered, but we have been getting a lot of email on this question.
Also, you may see errors like:

If you open a new window in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, the new window displays a blank white page. This symptom also occurs if an HTML page opens a new window in Internet Explorer 6. Additionally, you receive the following error message if you try to perform a search on the page by using the Find (on This Page) command:

An error has occurred in this dialog.

Error 49: Interface not registered


This issue occurs if the dynamic link library (DLL) files that are related to Internet Explorer are not correctly registered.


To resolve this issue, re-register the DLL files that are related to Internet Explorer. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regsvr32 urlmon.dll in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Click OK when you receive the following message:

DllRegisterServer in urlmon.dll succeeded

3. Repeat steps 1 and step 2 for the rest of the DLL files by replacing the regsvr32 urlmon.dll command in the Open box with the following commands:

4. Test to determine whether the issue is resolved. If the issue is resolved, do not complete the remaining step. If the issue is not resolved, go to step 5.
5. If the issue is not resolved, some of the core Internet Explorer DLL files may not be correctly registered. To resolve this issue, register the core Internet Explorer DLL files files.

[Source: Microsoft Knowledge Base article 902932]

Toolbar Chest for Outlook Express

Toolbar Chest for Outlook Express saves your settings, keeping OE customized just for you. Toolbar Chest for OE lets you change the toolbar content, size, and position as well as window positions, layout settings, and more. Once you've got OE looking the way you like, you can back it up with this program, knowing you'll find OE as you left it.

Toolbar Chest for Outlook Express
Author: BaxterSoft, LLC
Version: 243
Price: Free
Operating System(s): Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98
Requirements: Outlook Express
[Free Download]

Microsoft Internet Explorer Saving Images only as BMP

We've been getting number of these issue related problems so here is something for you to try:

There are a number of causes to this problem, but the most common is that the Temporary Internet Files folder is full. To increase the size of the folder:

  1. Close all open instances of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Start | Control Panel | Internet Options 
  3. Click "Settings." 
  4. Use the slider provided to increase or decrease the folder size, 
  5. When you have it where you want it, press OK. 
  6. If you wish to totally clear out the Temporary Internet Files folder: 
  7. Click the "Delete Files" button and then check "Delete all offline content." 
  8. It may take a while, so relax. 
  9. Then, press OK. 
  10. If your issue persists, you may have a corrupt object installed: 
  11. Click Internet Options again and choose "Settings"
  12. Click "View objects." 
  13. Delete any whose status is anything other than "Installed." 
  14. Close the folder and Internet Options.

Restart MSIE and see if the problem is resolved.

How can you speed up Internet Explorer?

    The following article involves editing your system registry. Using the Windows Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems requiring the reinstallation of your operating system and possible loss of data. Use the Registry Editor and the following directions at your own risk.

For more on the System Registry and its uses, please see Bo's Tweaky Clean Windows

Whether you can make Internet Explorer a lot faster or not depends mostly on your current Internet connection, but this handy tip is an excellent example of putting the registry to work for you. If you are on DSL you may not see a significant improvement. Before doing anything else, be sure to back up the registry.

What we are going to do is increase the number of streams that your browser can draw from. Since Internet Explorer complies with HyperText Protocol v1.1, browsers usually only draw two streams or less from a Web server. We are going to increase that from two streams to six. This should enable you to browse much faster. To begin:

  1. Click Start | Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion.
  4. Click on Internet Settings to view its contents.
  5. Check Regedit's right-hand column for the following two lines (values):
  6. If these values are present, right-click on the first value (MaxConnectionsPerServer), select Modify from the drop-down menu, click Decimal, and set the Value data field to 6. Repeat this process for the second value (MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server).
  7. If these lines (values) are not listed, right-click on the white region of Regedit's right-hand column, click New, and then click DWORD Value.
  8. Enter MaxConnectionsPerServer for the name of the new DWORD Value and press Enter. The new value should now appear in Regedit's right-hand column.
  9. Right-click the new value and click Modify.
  10. As in step six, click Decimal and set the Value Data field to 6, then click OK.
  11. Repeat steps seven through 10 using MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server as the new DWORD Value name instead of MaxConnectionsPerServer.
  12. You are done. Close Regedit and test Internet Explorer.

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