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    MBSA response annoyances (SP2)

    I'm running this Microsoft product (at v2.1 beta 2, although this probably is not relevant) to check the security status of a couple of dozen PCs every month or so, some time after "Patch Tuesday".

    However, if I attempt to click on any of the details in the resulting Security Reports I get a prompt:

    "To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls that could access your computer"

    I have to click on "Allow Blocked Content", and then get

    "Security Warning: Allowing active content such as script and ActiveX controls can be useful, but active content might harm your computer., Are you sure you want to let this file run active content?"

    Here I have to click on "Yes", not surprisingly.

    (You'd think that Microsoft would know that its own product was secure!)

    Is there any way of avoiding these prompts, preferably just for MBSA? Otherwise, which of the myriad options needs to be changed in IE -> Tools -> Internet Options -> Internet -> Custom Level -> Settings to allow this on an all-program level?

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    Re: MBSA response annoyances (SP2)

    Hi There

    This is the age old question that has been humming around the internet since SP2. A lot of the information/answers are all the same about setting the security levels, none work and indeed compromise your IE security for all.

    I have this little gem in my favourites as it is always coming up in conversations when staff at work are testing on Local Machines, I sometimes hear " <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> Info Bar, how can I switch it off?"

    Have a look at this thread

    http://forums.techguy.org/tech-tips-tricks...mation-bar.html In particular the post by VSurfin and their 06-Feb-2007 09:50 PM response. Be warned it is a Registry tweak, usual caveats about backing up reg files etc etc need not be repeated <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: MBSA response annoyances (SP2)

    Are these PCs all in a corporate network? Have you checked Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Home. It is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and works very well at distributing fixes and checking status.

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    Re: MBSA response annoyances (SP2)

    I tried WSUS about a year ago, but it resulted in considerably more grief than just letting each PC download its own updates, I'm afraid.

    I suspect that a quick BATch file to <UL><LI>change the registry to avoid silly prompts<LI>run MBSA and view the security reports in a prompt-free environment<LI>change the registry back to its original state[/list]won't be too difficult, once I have determined which of the chosen methods pointed to by Jezza works best.

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    Re: MBSA response annoyances (SP2)

    What kind of grief? I've never had any issues particularly with WSUS 3.0 (and the recently released SP-1).

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