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    ie 5.5/6 confusion (ie 5.5)

    greetings and salutations!
    pleased to meet you one and all. i've learned so much from the newsletters that i get that i thought i'd give the lounge a try. i'm brand new here, so please have patience with me whilst i figure this out.
    i do, however, have a question. i use ie 5.5, and am pretty much happy with it, so i haven't bothered to "upgrade" to ie 6. however, i keep on getting the ms critical updates screen popping up at me daily, and it's telling me that i need to install the SP1 for ie 6. would anyone be able to tell me why it's doing that, when i don't even use it? maybe it wants me to use it, and that's its way of "urging" me to do so?
    despite the fact that i have been using this 'puter for three years (and the fact that my husband considers me the IT/tech support for the household <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>), i don't really know too much about what i am doing. i'd appreciate any help that you can steer my way. looking forward to hearing from all y'all, and thanks for the help. until then, take care and God bless.
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    Re: ie 5.5/6 confusion (ie 5.5)

    Well... Microsoft really wants you to update to IE6. That is the "why".

    Now, is that really necessary? It depends on how you look at it. As best I can tell, the sp1 update to IE6 has a few "Security Updates" that were not offered to the users of earlier versions. So, if you don't upgrade to IE6 you are exposing your computer to *potential* vulnerabilities.

    How serious is this? It all depends on whether or not someone decides to utilize these vulnerabilities on a large scale.

    What are the potential vulnerabilities that were fixed?

    1) The "Microsoft Smart Card Enrollment (ActiveX) Control" had it's Kill Bit set. This seems to be an extension to the partial fix provided in MS02-048: "Flaw in Certificate Enrollment Control Could Allow Deletion of Digital Certificates (Q323172)".

    2. The PopupMenu ActiveX control (iemenu.ocx) was removed.

    3) The Gopher object had a "Source Filter" added. The problem with Gopher was supposedly fixed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-027, but for SOME reason IE6 sp1 added the "Source Filter" value in.

    Should you upgrade to IE6 or attempt to manually create these modifications in IE5? You guess is as good as mine! I really don't know how important these changes are for the average user.

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    Re: ie 5.5/6 confusion (ie 5.5)

    I think the solution is to turn off those pop-up screens. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Unfortunately, I don't know where the setting is...

    If you want to be kept up-to-date on MS security fixes, you can subscribe to an e-mail newsletter with rather obtuse explanations from http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/notify.asp.

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    Re: ie 5.5/6 confusion (ie 5.5)

    Under Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs, you should see Windows Update or something similar. I got rid of it some time ago, so I can't recall the exact name. If you uninstall this, it uninstalls the automatic reminder. Of course, then you have to remember to manually go to Windows update to make sure that you have the latest fixes. As I recall, another thing you can do, depending on your Windows version (I have Win98) is go to the task scheduler. It probably has Windows update scheduled to check at least once a day. You can change that to once every two weeks & you shouldn't have as many reminders.
    Cheers,

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    Re: ie 5.5/6 confusion (ie 5.5)

    I actually like the dang thing! OK, so it can be annoying...
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    Re: ie 5.5/6 confusion (ie 5.5)

    What OS are you running, it will make a difference, as to how to turn OFF this pop up and auto update?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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