Oh no, I have been told to upgrade my Internet explorer (But I am running the latest)

So here I am surfing the internet and suddenly I am redirected to a site where I had not intended to go. It tells me I need to upgrade my browser. Very tempting as it tells me I will get better streaming HD video.

Being an IT guy, I know I already have the latest version. I also note that the URL is not a Microsoft URL. The Terms have some odd bits in it.

For all the non IT people out there …… Use Windows Updates. If you want to update your browser, find it on Microsoft’s website and install it yourself. Don’t follow prompts like this (no matter how convincing it looks).  hijack

So, this looks like Microsoft .. Right ?

It says
You are currently browsing the web with Internet Explorer and your Video Player might be outdated Please update to the latest version for better performance •Superior HD Video Streaming and Hardware Acceleration •Download Any Movies, Shows or Video Clips •Critical Security Patch and Bug Fixes •Richer, more immersive user experiences Note:This Update is Free and Takes Under a Minute on Broadband No Restart Required


Looks ok. I have never seen a browser update take less than a minute on most broadband. Since when does Microsoft support you downloading movies ? Hmm, looks suspicious.

The URL also looks odd.


What’s up with this section in the terms ?
2. Delivery of Advertising. By accessing the Sites and downloading the Content, you hereby grant us permission to display promotional information, advertisements, and offers for third party products or services (collectively “Advertising”). The Advertising may include, without limitation, content, offers for products or services, data, links, articles, graphic or video messages, text, software, music, sound, graphics or other materials or services. The timing, frequency, placement and extent of the Advertising changes are determined in our sole discretion. You further grant us permission to collect and use certain aggregate information in accord with our Privacy Policy.  

But no one reads the terms do they ? I noticed that nowhere does it mention Microsoft. It just talks about your browser.

The last line of the terms is also odd. The only place where you might  make contact with the software maker, has no hyperlinks or contact details.
If you would like to contact us via e-mail, please send a message here


So avoid this and don’t be tricked.

Here are the full terms
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On the other hand, the authors understand that this Web site offers added value services and that in some occasions, a share can be charged for said services to the end user for maintenance of the Web site or said services, but never related to the acquisition of the license of a product. The author also accepts that the above-mentioned electronic means can require the change of the main page or the creation of the direct access (shortcuts) top ages related to this Web site(but never to pages property of the author). The relationship between the author and the Web site can be terminated at anytime prior request of any party. Any manufacturer can request the update or the removal of any software applications offered in this Website. 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Internet Explorer woes

After having run Internet Explorer 11 successfully on a Toshiba NB250, a Lenovo G780 and an AMD 939 machine all running Windows 7, only two are still ok. The replacement for the AMD 939, an HP Pavilion M9500Y, freshly installed with Windows 7 Ultimate, will run it but very poorly.

At first launch, IE 11 is fine and will accept text from the keyboard. On second launch, it lags, anything between 5 and 30 seconds. before even one character appeared. So I uninstalled IE 11 and installed 10 instead.

IE 10 displayed NO issues at all, and neither did Firefox. I tried once more to install IE 11 and also every fix available but it still won’t run properly.

So for now, it is IE 10 or nothing, and I can now see why some don’t like IE 11.

TechDays 2014 (SWE) – Från kod till produktion på 60 minuter

I höst är det dags för nästa TechDays i Sverige, denna gång 18-20 november på Kistamässan i Stockholm.

Själv har jag förmånen att hålla ett pass om releasehantering som specifikt kommer att handla om hur man med hjälp av senaste versionen av Visual Studio kan sätta upp en releaseprocess på ett väldigt smidigt sätt. Vi kommer gå igenom hela flödet från kod till release och även få med stödjande tekniker som automatiserad testning och miljöhantering.

Info om sessionen hittar du här: http://www.techdays.se/Program/Sessioner/Fran-kod-till-produktion-pa-60-minuter-eller-hur-du-med-hjalp-av-Release-Management-for-Visual-Studio-kan-implementera-en-automatiserad-releaseprocess

Har du idéer på saker du skulle vilja se mer av inom release management så skriv en kommentar.


Nigerian 419 Scams – More Sophisticated Attacks in 2014

As shared below, 419 scams are improving as these social engineering experts improve on their technology techniques. 



QUOTE: Nigerian criminals are infamous for running easily-spotted “419″ phishing scams that bait individuals into giving up credit card details or other personal information. But over the past few years, these criminals have expanded their skills to target businesses with many of the same tools used by more sophisticated criminal and espionage groups — tools that are specifically designed to evade traditional antivirus programs and legacy firewalls. 419 Evolution, the new report from Unit 42, explains in detail:

* The evolution of these actors from low-level spammers to a growing threat to businesses that have not previously been their primary targets

* The tools they use, including commercial RATs such as NetWire that provide complete control over infected systems

* How to safeguard your business by decrypting and decoding command-and-control traffic to reveal potentially stolen data

How to Create System Configuration (msconfig) Shortcuts in Windows

System Configuration (msconfig) is a tool that can help identify problems that might prevent Windows from starting correctly.

This tutorial will show you how to download or create System Configuration (msconfig) shortcuts that open directly to the General, Boot, Services, Startup, or Tools tab in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Welcome back

This has taken over from the old blog at http://msmvps.com/blogs/richardsiddaway

Not sure if I’ll be able to get the historical posts back.  You’ll find most of them at


I’d recommend making that your primary view of my blogs

July 22 2014–deal of the day

Half off my book PowerShell and WMI. Use code dotd072214au at www.manning.com/siddaway2/ Also Half off PowerShell in Depth, Second Edition. Use code dotd072214au at www.manning.com/jones6/

July 22 2014–deal of the day

By Richard Siddaway’s Blog Half off my book PowerShell and WMI. Use code dotd072214au at www.manning.com/siddaway2/ Also Half off PowerShell in Depth, Second Edition. Use code dotd072214au at www.manning.com/jones6/…(read more)

How to View Detailed Information About All User Accounts on a Windows PC

This tutorial will show you how to quickly view detailed information about all user accounts on your Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 PC.

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If you are seeing this

By bradley

you are seeing the server on it’s temporary DNS location.

I temporarily moved the IIS part of the web server over to a hosted server in Azure and hopefully my monthly credit allowance will offset the bulk of the fees it will take. I won’t be moving the SQL data over there as I’d really be paying a high price tag.

But thanks everyone for being patient and let’s hope we get this blog site settled down again.

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