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automatic open web Browser! how to disable?

  1. #21


    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by hydranix View Post
    Do you use any or could you recommend any that would prevent browsers from being opened automatically among other things?
    I was thinking, that you could unregister opening URL links (HTML ext), that would give you an error, but it would not open any links, not even ones you would probably like to, so it might be a little inconvenient.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hydranix View Post
    Do you use any or could you recommend any that would prevent browsers from being opened automatically among other things?
    I was thinking, that you could unregister opening URL links (HTML ext), that would give you an error, but it would not open any links, not even ones you would probably like to, so it might be a little inconvenient.
    Plus the registry settings for browsers are a nightmare. The genius of the guy who wrote BrowserChooser wasn't the glass panel with the browser buttons. It was knowing all the registry settings for default browser.

    I have run a couple of registry cleaners and made other browsers default, but I still have settings for a portable browser in my registry. I don't want to take them all out by hand. Too much work.
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hydranix View Post
    Do you use any or could you recommend any that would prevent browsers from being opened automatically among other things?
    I was thinking, that you could unregister opening URL links (HTML ext), that would give you an error, but it would not open any links, not even ones you would probably like to, so it might be a little inconvenient.
    Plus the registry settings for browsers are a nightmare. The genius of the guy who wrote BrowserChooser wasn't the glass panel with the browser buttons. It was knowing all the registry settings for default browser.

    I have run a couple of registry cleaners and made other browsers default, but I still have settings for a portable browser in my registry. I don't want to take them all out by hand. Too much work.

    When I first wrote my Chromium updater, I went the route of modifying the HKCU\Software\Classes keys for file types and protocols. (Like ".htm" and "http")

    What I found was that while it worked at least half the time, there were still a lot of strange instances where the browser would be invoked directly. Like in shortcut files that the browser creates when you save a website link to desktop. (Bypassing the file type and protocol registrations)

    This was a major disadvantage and defeated the purpose of the script.

    My solution was to instead change a single registry key, leaving the others intact. Using a feature of Windows called an Image Hijack, it will intercept every call to the program (in this case "firefox.exe") preserving its full command line along with other very useful information. I found that you could easily redirect the command line to another program (like the script) to process it and also retain the original parent process PID.

    This isn't without it's disadvantages though.

    Any program or file named "firefox.exe" will have the command line passed to it redirected through the script, and if the parent process is explorer (like when using a portable version of firefox) it will be redirected to the installed version of firefox and the portable version will not work.

    The other disadvantage is: if the program pointed to by the "Debugger" value in the Image Hijack registry key is no longer accessible (the script), you'll get a Windows error saying that it cannot find firefox.exe (instead of the script) despite it being exactly where it should be. Which is why I included a batch file to easily remove the registry key should it be necessary
    The script also creates a batch file to do the same just in case the original gets lost.

    The next time I use this method for anything, I might just wrap it in an inno setup so that there is a proper entry in "Programs and Features" to make its removal simpler.
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  4. #24


    rock on hydranix..

    now your getting the eightforum brains to start thinking.. ha.

    your script works so far.. I'll see if i run into any issues.. I haven't really uninstalled anything yet.. but I soon will! I'm currently trying to finish a 4 terabyte recovery! so I'm on hold for a little bit! but i am recovering all my files.. I will say this is amazing you can do this with formatted disks.. and that 4 terabytes of data is still somehow intact..


    I do like hips.. the issue I ran into was when I started to browse the internet, Hips stopped me on every single web page I tried to go to.. It was like I had to "ok" every single web page I wanted to go to.. and then if you try to download something.. well. forget it.. then you have to allow all kinds of things and anyway you get the point, there was just too much with hips.. I think it's the answer for all the paranoid like me, but when I have to allow everytime I go to google.com and then try to open a program and update and it stops literally every aspect of that program trying to update.. it just became too much.


    just trying to install ESET online scanner and run a scan probably took 10 minutes to just install it to "ok, allow" every little thing that needed to have Eset actually install and download updates and run.. so.. HIps is the correct idea.. but they gotta figure out how to allow just only the full program and whatever it's trying to do (assuming it's not hacked/malware etc..) and then only ask you if "outside" programs or something is trying to change your system in "safe" areas that it shouldn't be changing etc..
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  5. #25


    Ive also now come to the point where I just literally create a system image with macrium and then I install whatever and do whatever that can totally kill my computer and then I just use the macrium backup and put my system right back to before whatever I was trying to do and carelessly trying and tinkering with things I probably shouldn't
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  6. #26


    Posts : 50
    win8 64bit


    check your task scheduler. I believe you have somehow set a scheduled task to do it
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