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Firefox & have been released and fix some regressions that appeared in Firefox &

The main regression it fixes is with the password manager whereby passwords may not appear if you have multiple accounts on a particular site.

You can get then either from the built-in update system or:
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Another unrelated matter that may be of interest. When you search for updates to extensions and themes you may recently have found no updates available. This is due to changes that are being made at the Mozilla Add-ons site. The current database that stores details of add-ons on that site is being replaced. The last updates on that site were made around 8th March and at that time the database was migrated to a new system in preparation for the launch. The new re-designed site is due to be launched on 22nd March, so if you check for updated add-ons after that date you may find updates for your extensions and themes.

I just re-installed my Firefox, and now, the icons for htm and html documents all look like the "old DOS icons" that you would get if Windows couldn't find an icon.

I installed it from scratch, and the associations appear to be OK, because I can load either type directly into Firefox by double-clicking the file. I tried setting the icons for the two types, and, although the Firefox icons are there to pick from, they won't "stick"

What the heck did I do wrong here, and is there any way to fix it?

Chuck Billow

Like this:

This update appears to be somewhat unstable, whereas I've had no problem with the last three or four updates. When listening to Radio 3's The Early Music Show via Real Alternative / Media Player Classic, after about ten minutes or so it says that "Firefox has encountered a problem and has to close". I've updated Real Alternative from 1.47 to 1.48, but that hasn't improved matters.

Has anyone who follows the Firefox newsgroups come across problems like this?



This has just been offered to me on my Windows 98 SE box as an update, and Google Toolbar v3 is available for installation!


Is they anyway to back up my bookmarks, extensions in Firefox as when l installed the new version of Firefox l appeared to have lost all of these.

Any help would be appreciated.

The Mozilla product development and engineering teams are hard at work again, this time with a rollout of the first Release Candidate build for the long anticipated Firefox 3.6. We received notification a couple days ago that the build is now available for download and is intended to be used for pre-release testing. As many know, the final build was scheduled to be released in Q4 2009 but was pushed back to Q1 2010 and could very well show up sometime later this month or during the next few weeks. In the meantime, it is possible that Firefox 3.6 RC1 could be very identical to the final build, most notably in its feature set and in its performance improvements.

We took the opportunity to do some benchmarking between today’s most popular browsers, including Firefox 3.5.7, Google Chrome beta, Safari 4.0.4, Internet Explorer 8 and the new Firefox 3.6 RC1. The benchmark of choice was Futuremark’s Peacekeeper, a free online benchmarking tool for measuring and comparing the performance of common internet browsers, which has been available since March 2009. Our hardware setup consisted of a Core i7 Extreme 965 running on an EVGA X58 SLI Classified E759 with 6GB of DDR3 1600MHz and Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Our tests seem to indicate that Apple’s Safari browser still dominates the competition with a performance score of 5401. For the past few months, Safari on Windows has seen incredibly positive performance advantages which might come off as ironic to some, considering the fact that Apple is crushing Microsoft at its own game. The new Firefox 3.6 RC1 build comes in second place with a score of 4352 and seems to outperform Google Chrome for the first time in over a year since the latter browser’s initial release. The latest Chrome beta build comes in third with a score of 3772, followed behind by the recently-released Firefox 3.5.7 build with a score of 2871.

Although we didn’t have to include the last browser in the mix, it was done just for kick and at least deserved to be recognized on the map. We're talking about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8, the laughing stock of the flock, which gave a resulting performance score of 1409. In perspective, the difference between Safari 4.0.4 performance versus Internet Explorer 8 performance is roughly 47-percent.

Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate 1 brings many improvements to the browser front-end over the previous 3.5.7 release. The most notable updates include alerts about out-of-date plugins, improved JavaScript performance, support for the HTML5 file API, the ability to run scripts asynchronously, single-click appearance changes using Personas and improved automatic form-filling. Full release notes can be found here.

Firefox 3.6 RC1 is now available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and can be downloaded here.


Trend Micro has added detection to its antivirus products for JavaScript embedded in an extension that apparently sends information you enter into forms to another web site. See JS_FFSNIFF.A - Description and solution.

One should, of course, be highly suspicious of extensions that try to install from sites other than the "official" sites. In Firefox 1.0.x, there was a place in the Options... dialog to list the trusted sites that could "push" .xpi installer packages to your browser. I'm not sure where this went in 1.5.x; I went into about:config and searched for xpi, and the preset sites appear to be and (which I guess I had cleared earlier).

Even if extensions are simply offered for the taking, it would make sense to check them against the comments and ratings on the official extensions site ( to avoid becoming a casualty of attackers who think we Firefox users might have a false sense of security.

I installed Apple QuickTime to play videos it supports (in particular, mp4) free-standing and as a plug-in under Firefox 3.5.1. Firefox prompted me to do the installation when it didn't display a video.

I solved the black bar problem (and a disappearing QuickTime window when running it free-standing) by running both QuickTime and Firefox in Compatibility Mode right-click on the .exe file in the program files (x86) folder, click on the Compatibility tab, select Windows XP SP2, put checkmark in the box for all users, click Apply and OK. You will need administrator privileges to make some if not all of these changes.

I got a response that solved my problem in an Apple discussion forum, but surprisingly, Apple doesn't have information about this easy fix in its installation instructions or readme file for Quicktime.

Related problem, caveat emptor: QuickTime Control Panel does not appear in Windows Control Panel under Vista 64, so I can't install a QuickTime Pro product key and edit video in QuickTime. There may be a workaround for this but I don't know it yet. Anyone?

OK now here the heck is the button to post this message? If you are reading thisd, I found it. Oh, there is is, in low contrast, way down at the bottom.

Hi -

I'm really hoping someone can help me with this issue:

IE8 has some weirdness that prevents me from clicking certain links in pages and getting them to open - usually it is for links that need to open new windows. If I go in the IE security settings and toggle protected mode, it then generally works until I close IE. then I need to toggle protected mode again to get it to work again. I've unloaded my A/V SW (trend micro pro), lowered the security level of IE8 as low as possible, tried the advanced setting to "reset" IE8, etc. None of those things have solved the issue. It all seems related to the protected mode checkbox. It doesn't matter if IE thinks it is on or off when I launch the browser, as long as I toggle it one way or the other. For example, if you load this page: Swiss Philip Morris promo California crashed in Sofia - and then try to click the links to youtube in the first post, nothing happens. A process for IE8 shows up in task manager, but no window opens. Toggle protected mode, and click the youtube links and they work. Firefox 3.5.2 seems to work fine.

FWIW - I in my travils of trying to resolve this, I noticed something else that may or may not be related. My user agent from IE8 is appearing as Mozilla: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; OfficeLiveConnector.1.4; OfficeLivePatch.1.3) as determined from What is my user agent,http user agent info,browser user agent. I tried to deinstall Firefox, but that didn't make the problem go away either.

In addition to the example above, I can't click links in my yahoo email unless I also toggle protected mode.



HTTP USER AGENT headerMozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; OfficeLiveConnector.1.4; OfficeLivePatch.1.3)Browser branch nameIE 8.0Browser nameIEBrowser version8.0PlatformWin7Operation SystemWindows NT 6.1 (Windows 7)Browser full nameMSIE 8.0

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Disable AeroMake menu bars and window frames opaque instead of translucentDo not animate windows when minimizing and maximizingSlow the window animations when holding Shift keyDisable 3D Window SwitchingAdd context menu to activate Flip 3DTurn off Aero PeekTurn off Aero SnapTurn off Aero Shake
Under Visual Effects:
Hide window contents while draggingDo not drop shadows under icons on the desktopDo not use translucent selection rectangleShow Windows version in the desktop bottom right cornerSelect how you want the arrows displayed on shortcuts
Under Animation:
Do not allow window animationDo not use smooth scrolling for list boxesDo not animate drop-down listsSelect tooltip animation types
Do not use menu fading animation effectsHide shadows under menusHide underlined letters for keybaord navigation until ALT is pressedMenu animation effects optionsDelay before displaying submenus (in milliseconds!)Full font smoothing optionsExtended ClearType and Standard font smoothing options
Start Menu:
Hide "Log Off" from the Start MenuHide the "Run itemHide "Set Program Access And Defaults" ("Default Programs" in Vista)Hide the "Help and Support" itemHide the "All Programs" menuHide "Administrative Tools"Hide the list of frequently used programsHide the list of pinned programsHide the "See more results" link
Under Folder options determine whether to hide individual items, show them as a link, or show them as a menu easily

Do not highlight recently installed programsDo not show partially installed programs in grayDo not sort the "All Programs" menu by nameDisable the context menu and drag itemsDisable the "Start" button tooltipExpand menu when you hover the mouse pointer over an itemEnable small icons in the Start menu
Show notification areaDo not display tooltips in the notification areaDo not hide unused icons in the notification areaDo not display the network activity icon in the notification areaDo not display the sound settings icon in the notification areaDo not display the battery icon in the notifications areaAuto-hide taskbarDo not slide taskbar buttonsAllow moving or rearranging taskbar itemsGroup similar buttons: Do not group, Group when full, Always group and hide tagsButtons: Configure advanced settings for taskbar application buttons
Show hidden filesShow file extensionsuse Windows classic foldersDisplay checkboxes to help select multiple filesAlways show the menu bar in Windows ExplorerDisable file and folder pop-up descriptionsDisplay folder size in the folder tooltip
Disable thumbnail cache creationDo not display thumbnails in network foldersThumbnail quality - 0-100%Thumbnail size in pixelsShow address bar folder path autocompleteShow address bar folder path autosuggestShow address bar maximized as a drop-down listInclude variable "PATH" into search pathDisable automatic replacement of a blackslash to a forward slash
Context Menu:
Show "Open Command Prompt"Show "Send To"Show "Copy to Folder..."Show "Move to Folder..."Show "Run as administrator"Show "Take ownership"Show "Search..."
Restore open Explorer windows when you restartDisable CD burning functions in Windows ExplorerRun Desktop and Explorer tasks as seperate processesRun each Explorer window as a seperate processAutomatically restart the shell if a shell error occursDisable the option to search the Internet when you open a file with unknown extension
Explorer items:
Display encrypted and compressed files and folders in a different colorDrive letter is displayed after disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk label for network driveDrive letter is not displayed!

Disable autorun for:
Removable drives (Floppy, flash-drive, etc)Non-removable drives (hard disk, etc)Optical disk drives (CD, DVD, etc)Temporary memory disk (RAM-disk)Network drivesUnknown drive types
Command Prompt:
Enable advanced modeEnable delayed expansion of environmental variablesEnable quick editingFile names autocomplete hotkeyFolder names autocomplete hotkey
System Security:
Disable User Acount ControlSet all UAC options including advanced options only found in registry
Privacy Policy:
Wipe page file on computer shutdownClear the "Recent documents" list on logoffDo not create the "Recent Documents" listDo not store your logon password on the diskDisable hidden sharesDisable user trackingEnable encrypt/decrypt options in ExplorerDisable Faster User Switching
For anonymous users:
Access is allowed with the default settingsTransfer of accounts and SAM names is prohibitedAccess is denied if permits are not specified
Windows Defender:
Disable Windows DefenderDisable heuristic scanningDisable archive scansDisable removable media scansDisable e-mail scansDisable real-time protectionDisable real-time protection promptsDisable downloads checkupDisable executable files checkupDisable definition updates through alternate download locationsCheck for new signatures before scheduled scansDo not log unknown detectionsDo not log known good detections
Startup and Shutdown:
Disable Windows startup soundDisable parsing AUTOEXEC.BATDisplay information about previous logons during user logonDisable Ctrl-Alt-Del before logonRun logon scripts simultaneouslyOptimize system files placement on the diskSpecify time to wait before running Check Disk (chkdsK) in seconds
Event Logging:
Do not log any eventsLog standard events onlyLog all startup and shutdown events
Legal Notice:
Write any legal notice you want during startup of Microsoft Windows
Automatic login:
Use autologin and set credentials, including username, password, and domain

OEM Info:

Configure Windows OEM attributes, such as the manufacturer's logo and support information that appears in the System Properties window.

This includes:
ManufacturerModelSupport URLWorking HoursPhone120x120 pixel logo
Application Start:
Disable "Program Compatibility Assistant"Disable "Program Compatibility Wizard"Disable running 16-bit applicationsRun 16-bit programs as a separate processAdd checkbox "Run in seperate memory space" for 16-bit applications
Error Handling:
Disable sound when errors occurAutomatic restart in case of a critical errorSend error reportsShow error notification in windowDon't save reports on your computerDon't send additional information in a reportDon't write error information into system log
If an error occurs:
Ask user consent to send a reportAutomatically include only basic information in the reportAutomatically include all but personal data in the reportAutomatically include all data in the report
Internet Explorer:

Disable visual-styled controls in Internet Explorer pagesDisable page transitionsDisable Clear Type fontsDisable smooth scrollingDisable autoamtic updatesAlways show menusDo not show extended error messagesDo not show the welcome text for new opened tabsDo not show warning messages when closing tabsDo not send bug reports via the InternetAlways ask before downloading filesPlace the menu above the address bar
Let Internet Explorer decide how pop-ups should openAlways open pop-ups in a new windowAlways open pop-ups in a new tab
Specify how Internet Explorer displays a web page when it's launched from another program:
Opens in a new windowOpens in a new tab in the current windowOpens in the current tab or window
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Default file download directoryHome PageCaption string that is displayed after the page title
Microsoft Office:
Do not track document editing timeBlock updates from the Office Update SiteDisable Customer Experience Improvement programDisable error reportingDisable logging Microsoft Office activityDisable Office DiagnosticsDisable clipboard dialog boxPrevent Office Help from resizing the application window
Microsoft Word:
Do not check spelling as you typeDo not check grammar as you typeDo not use background printingDo not auto-save background printingDo not auto-save documents in the backgroundDo not use translucent selectionDo not check if MS Word is the default HTML editor
Microsoft Excel:
Show Formula bar in Full ViewCache spreadsheetsCache PivotTable reportsUndo steps: Set from 0 to 100
Software tweaks (The ones we can see so far)

Disable file transferDisable loading language filesDisable publishing Skype status on the WebDisable Skype Public APIDisable checking for updatesDisable listening for TCP connectionsDisable UDP communications
Windows Media Player
Disable auto-updatesDisable automatic codec downloadsDisable Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)Disable video smoothingDisable CD and DVD Media information retrievalDisable music file media information retrievalDisable media file sharingDisable script handling in media filesHide the "Privacy" tab in the settingsHide the "Security" tab in the settingsHide the "Network" tab in the settings
Adobe Reader:
Disable splash screenDisplay PDF in the browser windowDisable Purchase Acrobat item in the menu
Disable link prefetchingDo not reduce memory when minimizedDo not download favorite icons (favicons)Disable blinking elementsForce frames to be reesizableUse old style for opening tabsShow all images / Block all images / Load images from the requird site only and block images from othersClose Tab Button full range of optionsHow long Firefox waits for the web page data before it displays the page (From 0 to 1 sec)
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Speed Up Internet includes:
Automatic tuningAuto HeuristicsDefault TTLGlobal Max TCP WindowMax MTUTCP Window SizeMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Simultaneous HTTP ConnectionsFirefox Max ConnectionsFirefix Max Connections Per Server
1323 OptsACK FrequencyARP Cache LifeARP Cache Min Reference LifeARP Cache SizeAuto HeuristicsAuto TuningCongestion ControlDefault TTLDel ACK TicksDisable Task OffloadECN CapabilityEnable PMTU BH DetectEnable PMTU DiscoveryFin Wait DelayGlobal Max TCP Window SizeInitial RTTIPv6 over IPv4Keep Alive InternalKeep Alive TimeMax Connect RetriesMax Data RetransmissionsMax Dup ACKsMax MTUNum ConnectionsReceive-side ScalingSACK EnabledTCP Window SizeSYN Attack ProtectTimed Wait DelayUse RFC1122 Urgent Pointer
Default Receive WindowDefault Send WindowLarge Buffer SizeMedium Buffer SizeNon Blocking Send Special bufferingSmall Buffer SizeTransmit Worker
Request Buffer SizeUse Raw ReadUse Raw WriteUse Write Raw Data
Dns Cache:
Adapter Timeout TimeHash Table Bucket SizeHash Table SizeMax Entry TTL LimitMax SOA Entry TTL LimitNegative SOA TimeNegative TimeNet Failure Time
Internet Explorer:
DNS Cache EnabledDNS Cache TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Connections Per ServerReceive TimeoutServer Info TimeoutSocket Receive Buffer LengthSocket Send Buffer LengthTCP Autotuning
Disable IPv6DNS Cache EntriesDNS Cache ExpirationHTTP Connect TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax ConnectionsMax Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ProxyPipeliningPipelining Max RequestsPrefetch NextProxy PipeliningUse KeepAliveUsing Proxy KeepAlive
(Auto-optimization is based on Over 1Mbps / 1Mbps or lower (default that Windows assumes) / or 128kbps or lower)

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Can the Internet connection be optimized?Is the registry fragmented?Can Windows shutdown be sped up?Can incorrect drivers be updated? (It updates them in Auslogics Device Manager)
Quick Tasks allow you to:
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Privacy allows you to shred files and wippe entire disks.

Let's check that one again:
Disk MaintenanceFree Up SpaceRemove DuplicatesExplore diskDisk cleanupDisk defragmentDisk repairSoftware ControlSystem TweaksService OptimizationDisaster RecoveryFile RecoveryRescue CenterRegistry MaintenanceRegistry RepairRegistry DefragmentSystem StatusSystem InformationSystem TasksSystem ServicesLocked FilesComputer PrivacyErase Computer HistoryShred FilesWipe disksSpeed Up InternetInternet OptimizationMemory Optimization
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Is there a way to rename a search engine that appears in the address bar?
Manage search engine only offers the ability to edit the keywords. I tried changing the name in Firefoxs Searchplugin folder. Didnt work.

Thank you.

(Edited by TonyE on 15-Jul-05 22:51. )Thunderbird 1.0.5 has been released. As with the recent Firefox update this consists of security updates and some bug fixes, there are no new features.

As with Firefox there is an international downloads section with so far only the en-US version being released.

Details of the security fixes will appear on Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories

UPDATE: See post 500037, version 1.0.6 is on the way.

I sure do hope someone recognise these symptoms and can help me get it sorted because it's driving me absolutely nuts!!

Since I installed the last update to Firefox, about a week ago, I can't copy text in any Firefox window. If I want to copy something, I have to type it in Word or an Outlook email and copy it there, then come back in and paste the text wherever I wanted to put it - I can't copy anything at all in here. For instance I posted this problem in another site (with no real hope of a fix since it's a very small membership of mostly non-techie people) and wanted to repost it here, where there's a much better chance - but I'm having to type it again from scratch since I can't copy it ...

The other part of the problem is that I can't log into almost any site in any other browser - including here. I've got IE7 and I just downloaded Opera 9.10 and both of them do the same thing - try to log in to here or any other site that requires a login, and it just bounces me back to the log in window.

This is driving me absolutely nuts!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Edited to add - I've just downloaded Netscape 8.1.2 and this appears to be willing to let me both copy text and login to my favourite sites (including here!) so my problem is not quite so desparate any more - but I would still very much appreciate a fix to one or both of the other problems, as I much prefer using Firefox if I can!

I have a problem on my machine that appeared early this morning, midway through a surfing and download session. I'm not aware that I made any changes but, part way through the session, the download froze and I found I couldn't access any websites. I use Firefox by default (v 1.5) but keep IE6 because, without it, CHM compiled HTML help files don't appear to work. The situation was the same in both browsers.

If I access a secure site, however - one using the HTTPS protocol - I can access them, log in and surf to my heart's content. Also, browser independent application that access the net, such as Symantec Live Update, work correctly, albeit somewhat slower than I'm used to, (or is it me? - I usually let them run in the background and don't watch them. Today, I had little alternative!).

I'm currently using Opera through a Windows 2000 machine to write this, but connecting to the Internet using the same hub and cable modem, which leads me to believe the problem is on the Windows XP machine. I'm about to run a full Norton Anti-Virus pass followed by a deep-scan by ZoneAlarm Pro, but these things take time and I don't know whether they'll find anything.

Can anyone offer a suggestion as to what may have changed or gone awry to result in this problem?

Many thanks.

This is a follow up to a post under the Windows 7 category about active windows losing focus.

I have done some more testing and the problem appears to be centered around Firefox 13.0.1 - I am also using Flash 11.3.300.262 and Java

The Problem:
Whenever I have the web site for the Wall Street Journal [] open in a tab, I will randomly see Firefox (or other windows) lose focus, even while I am typing into a text field. I can sometimes cause it to happen by clicking the refresh button in Firefox. This webpage does not seem to play well with the latest Firefox running under Windows 7 Pro x64 with the Flash and Java versions above.

The webpage has a lot of information that is updated continuously over time (stock prices, Dow market average, etc.). This information is even updated in the background, when other windows apps are in use. I suspect that the loss of focus occurs when the page data is updated by some timer.

1. The problem started about the time I installed version 13.0.1 and Flash 11.3. I have not tried an earlier version of Firefox.

2. After I closed the Firefox tab for that website, my system has not lost focus on any window for the past 3 hours.

3. When using IE the webpage works fine and does not lose focus on the same system.

4. A Laptop running Windows XP and Firefox 12.0, Flash 11.3.300.257, Java does NOT lose focus on any windows when displaying that webpage.

There are too many variables for me to try in order to pinpoint exactly what is causing the loss of focus, but this is very annoying and could happen with other websites. I hope this information helps others who may experience similar behavior.

I am at my wit's end.

I created a new favicon for one of my blogs:

I deleted the old one and replaced it with the new one--which I know worked because the icon appears in the address bar. BUT when I try to save it as a new bookmark, it gives me the old favicon. I've been googling for 60+ minutes and trying lots of stuff...but haven't had any luck.

1. I loaded the direct favicon link into my browser and hit Cntl-F5. Nothing.

2. I used some Firefox Addons (Check Places and FavIcon Reloader) to try and reload all the favicons and those did nothing.

3. I completely cleared my cache and history and restarted Firefox. NOTHING.

4. I tried the addon Favicon Picker 2 which completely borked my browser, so THAT didn't help.

5. I went into Firefox Tools | Privacy and removed all the individual cookies for my website. Still doesn't work.

6. I completely cleared the cache and history from IE (which I never use), just in case that was messing it up. Nope.

What am I missing?

I had a friend try and bookmark the site and it worked just fine for him, which makes me think it's something on my laptop that's somehow overriding it...?


I have been having several persistent issues with my xps 1530...
#1 persistent issue: when I boot up it will take up to several minutes for the device to logon to a wireless AP (whether running secure or not). This is very annoying as you can imagine.
#2 - the device will lose web access at random times and require a reboot...when attempting the reboot it sometimes takes up to 5 minutes for the device to shut down to start the reboot process. I originally thought that it may have been a bit torrent client that i was using at the time, but after an uninstall and system scan the issue persisted..At that point i narrowed it down to Mozilla (so i was thinking) I was having issues with mozilla to where i would close the application but where the process would continue to run and I could not end and would require a reboot (again taking several minutes to shutdown).

I did an uninstall of Mozilla and grabbed the newest version (even though mine was updated) and installed..issue has persisted. Also it seems to happen more frequently when I'm using a torrent client. when this happens it shows my connection to the network is still active but all http requests are appears to be purely a software issue somewhere. I have tried different firewall settings and even closed down zone alarm to no avail.

this is the list of installed appz:

zone alarm pro 8
eset nod32 3.65
Firefox 3.0.8
Thunderbird 2.0.021
paintshop pro
ms office 2007

If anyone can help it would greatly appreciated. :-D


Hi all,

Here is a question that I posted on the MS-TechNet, but I thought I should post it here too, to get wider audience.

Any help/suggestion that you can provide will be greatly useful.


Update 0 : Turning notifications off and on did not help. I still see these flickering notifications.

Update 1 : I see a bunch of these messages in the event log closely coinciding with the time these flickering pop-ups appeared. Level is Information.
0000003439: 2011-11-20 02:24:29:276 Exception : Process with an Id of 4288 is not running.
Exception Called by: ATI.ACE.MOM.Implementation.StateMachineToolkit.Transition::PerformActions processID:04192 threadIDMOM_STM_DelegateThread) domainNameMOM.exe ) assemblyNameMOM.Implementation, Version=2.0.3670.26967, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=90ba9c70f846762e)
This is one explanation about this error : CCC.exe bug still there
Original Post follows
Hi all,
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on Dell Studio 1458. Since about 3 to 4 weeks I have been seeing flashing/flickering notification pop-ups (in the right bottom corner). A notification pop-up appears and disappears instantly within the flash of a second. I don't get to hover the mouse pointer over it to prevent it from disappearing. It happens at random times and I have not been able to link these flashes to any particular process/application.
I tried looking at the Event log, but could not find anything relevant. A very few times, the notification pop-up appears to be an error message, because I think I have seen something like a red polygon representing an error, although I cannot say it for sure (It flashes really fast). But otherwise they "seem to be" regular info messages. This doesn't happen to all notification pop-ups. There are some that appear normally, stay for a few seconds and then disappear. I can close them if need be or hover over them to make them stay when they are fading away. The flickering ones are apart from the regular ones that I have seen.
From what I remember this started happening after I did an update of my anti-virus (Avira Antivir) to version 2012. This relation is just my guess and again, I cannot say concretely. I searched on the internet and saw similar reports in a couple of places, but only one place provided something like a solution. It was to turn off all notifications and then turn them on. Based on that I set all notification are icons to "Hide icon and notification" including the time, volume and other system icons and then set them back to their previous values. I am not really confident that this will work and hence any other suggestions and a probable cause would really help. (See Update 0 above)
When I see these flash pop-ups I am generally running Firefox (latest available version) and some times VMWare player (version 4). Here is my system info. Aero is enabled. Let me know if any more information is needed :

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name SRIRANG-PC
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Studio 1458
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, 1600 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A07, 5/12/2011
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Windows Directory C:Windows
System Directory C:Windowssystem32
Boot Device DeviceHarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name Srirang-PCAdmin
Time Zone India Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.93 GB
Available Physical Memory 973 MB
Total Virtual Memory 7.87 GB
Available Virtual Memory 2.66 GB
Page File Space 3.93 GB
Page File C:pagefile.sys

Windows updates are diligently applied and so are the updates of regularly used software applications.
Let me know if this is a well known problem and whether a solution/work-around exists for this.

Thank you
Srirang G Doddihal.

Not sure if it's in the right spot, or if it's been done.

Internet Explorer 9 Preview

At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2009 day two keynote (see my PDC coverage), [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]Microsoft[/COLOR][/COLOR] president Steven Sinofsky showed off a very, very early version of Internet Explorer (IE) 9, the next major version of Microsoft's now-venerable web browser. This was an unexpected development, given that Internet Explorer 8 (see my review) shipped earlier this year and was just included with Windows 7 (see my review), which shipped last month. But Microsoft clearly wanted to demonstrate that it would continue advancing IE at a rapid pace, meeting criticisms of the current product and--the real surprise--delivering on some unexpected functionality.
What we don't know about IE 9 is a much broader discussion than that about what we do know. It's early yet, so that's OK, but I do want to set some expectations: The very early IE 9 preview build we saw this week at PDC did not contain any hint at all about the future user interface or other functional aspects of the browser. In fact, the build used in the keynote, and the one I saw separately in a meeting, lacked any kind of user interface at all. It's just a bare window frame that's designed to let the rendering engine do its thing and show off the few bits of functionality Microsoft is now publicly committing to.
"This is just a preview, an early look at where we are with IE 9 for developers," IE general manager Dean Hachamovitch told me during a briefing. "We're focusing on three very specific areas: Performance, interoperability standards, and hardware acceleration."

Anyone hoping that Microsoft would do something radical like adopt a competing web rendering engine (like WebKit) or even more radical, like dropping IE all together (and yes, those people are out there) will likely be confused by this early focus. And judging from what I've seen from people's reactions to the keynote demonstration online, there's further confusion about what was announced. I'd like to take this time to try and communicate what's really happening.

With IE 8, Microsoft argued that browser performance wasn't something that could be easily measured with benchmarks because overall performance is more holistic. The company's success at communicating that message is debatable, and while Microsoft's own published performance results were pretty favorable, IE 8 tends to get pummeled in independent comparisons with Mozilla [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]Firefox[/COLOR][/COLOR] and Google Chrome.
For IE 9, Microsoft appears to be addressing IE performance issues head-on. The company explained this week that it examined how similar sites actually tax browsers in different ways--some are script-heavy, for example, while others are not--and its architecting IE 9 to handle these different needs properly.
In my briefing with Hachamovitch this week, he told me that scripting performance was typically an area in which competing browsers appeared to work more quickly in benchmark tests. So they looked into that and have already made big improvements in very early alpha builds when compared to IE 8.
"We're looking at the performance characteristics of all the browser sub-systems as real-world sites use them," Hachamovitch wrote in a blog post this week. "Our goal is to deliver better performance across the board for real-world sites, not just benchmarks."
To me, performance is straightforward: It either performs well or it doesn't. There's no way to say whether IE 9 will be as faster, or even faster than, competing browsers. But let's just say that Microsoft's decision to focus on this is wise.
Interoperability standards

Microsoft has taken a lot of flak for its lackluster adherence to web standards, but the company appears ready to reverse that reputation in IE 9. "The focus here is on the stuff that developers use to build the web," Hachamovitch told me. "We're lining up a bunch of platform work. Our [web standards test] scores will go up."
More specifically, this means adhering to the latest web standards, such as HTML 5 and CSS3 Selectors. At the keynote, there was a demo with CSS-based rounded corners in an element border. That's very specific, of course, but it's something that IE 8 doesn't do properly today. The current, very early IE 9 version correctly utilizes 41 of the 43 [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]CSS[/COLOR][/COLOR] Selectors and scores 574 out of 578 in its CSS3 Selectors test, a big improvement over IE8, which scored 330 out of 578.
Right now, what we have is a promise here. Microsoft also met very specific standards needs in IE 8, but it failed to deliver on far more. Hopefully as IE 9 evolves over the next year, we'll discover that the browser is not just another evolutionary step towards standards compliance but is instead the version that puts IE over the top. Otherwise, I expect an exodus of users to more compatible browsers.
Hardware acceleration

Working hand-in-hand with Microsoft's performance aspirations for IE 9 is a surprising browser capability: GPU-backed [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]hardware [COLOR=blue ! important]acceleration[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]. "This is the coolest but least understood aspect of IE 9 we announced," Hachamovitch said. "We've moved the IE rendering engine from GDI to DirectX."
There are two benefits to this approach. First, the web doesn't have to be rewritten to take advantage of this functionality, as it's just provided by using IE 9. And second, web developers can now seamlessly take advantage of all of the benefits associated with PC hardware advancements that have happened over the past few years. The GPU is no longer just used for games, 3D user interfaces, and other graphics-intensive applications.
The confusion here relates to expectations about hardware-accelerated graphics. When some people hear such a thing, they automatically think about gaming. But IE 9's hardware acceleration has nothing to do with gaming. Instead, it's all about performance and fidelity. The browser just performs better, of course. But it also makes everything--especially text--look better.
The performance stuff is pretty obvious: Navigating around a Bing map, for example, you can readily see that IE 9 renders far more quickly--and with much less [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]CPU[/COLOR][/COLOR] overhead--when GPU acceleration is enabled. But the overall fidelity improvements were, to me at least, unexpected. Text rendered through the GPU with Direct2D exhibits none of the jaggies you see with standard, GDI-rendered text. And the effect is especially impressive when you zoom in and out of textual displays. It's like the difference between ClearType- and non-ClearType-based text, except this time, sub-pixel rendering is just the starting point.
"Direct2D finds more pixels on the edges and smoothes out jaggies," Hachamovitch told me. "It provides smoother animations as well. The performance is amazing. Web sites get better in IE on Windows."
Some have also confused this functionality with WebGL or other standards-based rendering schemes. These people are missing the point, Hachamovitch said. "It's just a subsystem. This means that whatever others do on top of the browser will have better performance and clarity as well."
Hachamovitch also noted that other browser makers have only done some minimal, edgy work around hardware acceleration. The reason is simple: Its hard work. "Games utilize this technology, of course, but let's face it, games don't print. We have to make sure IE works as before with hardware accelerated rendering. You want your boarding pass to just print. You want ActiveX controls and Flash video to just work. That's what we're working on."
Final thoughts

Having spent a grand total of about 60 second tooling around with a very early IE 9 build I'm obviously not qualified to offer any sweeping statements about how the finished product will work. But I'm heartened by Microsoft decision to move quickly in improving IE and release a major out-of-band version of the product that is not tied to any Windows version. My expectation--which is based purely on speculation--is that Microsoft will deliver a beta version of IE9 the MIX conference in March and then deliver the final version sometime around October 2010, which is the same time I expect the company to ship Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). (I suppose there is a small chance that IE 9 could be shipped as part of SP1, but that seems unlikely to me.) In any event, we should know a lot more about IE 9 in March.
--Paul Thurrott
November 18, 2009

Enjoy. VI :-)

Hi everyone,

For quiet some time now, I have been suffering from random and temporary freezes from windows.

It's usually when I am browsing the Internet (with Firefox, IE8 or Opera) but it also happens while only my windows explorer is open. When it happens, I can still move my mouse over (but with the blue loading ring cursor), but all the applications are covered with a white mask and are said to be "not responding". The task bar still work though, as i can click the "start" icon and the menu appears (but i can't load any new applications). Sometimes, it last for 1 to 5 seconds only. But there have already been one that lasted more than 5 minutes, and the average is at a minute, i think. And I can't figure out when they started nor why they started. And the intervalls between two freezes varies too (from 10sec to a few hours without any freezes). But to give an example, just while writing this post, which took me about 5 minutes, i had 12 freezes of about 5 secs each. And believe me, it really is irritating when it happens while writing...

My system was perfectly fine for two or three weeks before that (Since the day I installed this build, in fact). I didn't install any new program, and I don't remember updating anything either. But just in case, i ran an Avast scan but it didn't find anything...

So, if anyone have any idea on how to fix this problem, i would greatly appreciate any help.

Here's my rig, in case it's hardware related (which I doubt, as everything was working fine before)
Code: - Processor : Intel I7 920 - Motherboard : Asus P6T6 WS Revolution - Ram : OCZ DDR3 6Gb Platinum - Graphics : Gainward GTX280 - Wifi : Abit Airpace - HDD : OCZ Apex SSD 120Gb (with only windows on it, and no temporary files (except Web browsers one, as i can't figure out how to move them) Caviar Black 1Tb (with data and windows temporary files) Western Digital 250Gb (data only) I really hope someone here can help me because it starting to motivate me to go back to XP (which is sab because 7 was really much better for me).


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