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Windows 7: Beware KB3139929

11 Mar 2016   #31
CarlSD

Win 7 Professional 64 (Main PC)/Win 7 Home Premium 32 (Laptop)
 
 

Haven't seen any Windows 10 ads on MSN in Firefox yet. Just had a look now.

Probably blocked by my combination of NoScript and AdBlock Plus. Good.

(Of course I don't have any of the W10 nag or telemetry updates installed, that probably helps as well).


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11 Mar 2016   #32
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlSD View Post
Haven't seen any Windows 10 ads on MSN in Firefox yet. Just had a look now.

Probably blocked by my combination of NoScript and AdBlock Plus. Good.

(Of course I don't have any of the W10 nag or telemetry updates installed, that probably helps as well).
I don't think you'll see those when using Firefox. These seem exclusive to IE after the patches were pushed out.
I'm glad I stopped using IE a few years ago, and I haven't browsed MSN in years. Another annoying and obnoxious tactic pushed by Microsoft to try and get people to upgrade.
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11 Mar 2016   #33
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Okay my last comment was only partially correct. I did browse to MSN using Chrome with Adblock disabled and the popup did appear. Both AdBlock in Chrome and the IE popup blocker seem to stop the popup from appearing though.
It seems it's only the banner ad that is exclusive to the IE patch.
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11 Mar 2016   #34
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote:
I pretty much knew it would by hiding kb3112343
Yes Mike but I don't think hiding updates works for very long because I have been "hiding" Silverlight and Skype ones now for the last year because I don't want them and also 3035533 often puts in an appearance getting in under the radar of "hiding" and yet the next time I check there is Silverlight and Skype again hence me giving up updating anything apart from my security etc

I know from the last list you have that you mentioned a while ago that there are far more updates than we actually realise are out there and just what do you trust anymore and to research each and every one that comes out is so tedious and time consuming. I take my hat off tho those who do that - must have the patience of Job.
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11 Mar 2016   #35
woodyleonhard

Many OSs on multiple platforms
 
 

The banner ad on msn.com (actually, there are two, as shown in Josh's GWX Control Panel shot) has been around for a long time - since last August, if memory serves.

This is a completely different, fully documented banner ad that's supposed to appear at the top of new IE tabs.

I still haven't seen it. Perhaps Microsoft saw the overwhelmingly negative response to sticking an ad generator inside a security patch, and decided they wouldn't activate it.
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11 Mar 2016   #36
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

All I can get to appear is this popup:

Beware KB3139929-internet-explorer-hijack.png

That only appears when turning off any browser popup blocker. I'm thinking both the IE security patch and KB3123862 need to be installed for the upper banner to appear. Can't say for certain though as I have no intention of installing that KB. Will try in a VM later and see if I can get it to appear.
The way MS is aggressively pushing 10, I'd be very surprised if they didn't choose to activate the banner ad.


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11 Mar 2016   #37
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Pretty easy to change a home page and where a new tab opens too,
Internet explorer has always redirected to msn.com... after a new version is installed in another tab when you first start it.
That goes for Any Microsoft website too which again is not all that new.

If there is a new banner like the Favorites bar eventually just go to View and uncheck it :/
But like in outlook.com it might have just a "X" on the right end to click all the time to get rid of the adds
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11 Mar 2016   #38
kkehoe

Windows 7
 
 

So I flashed up an old PC that had a clean load of a retail Win 7 Home DVD. Video drivers and .NET 4.6.1 were the only other things installed.

I updated it until it wouldn't update any more, including GWX, telemetry, interstellar currency/timezone updates, and whatever other junk Microsoft thinks we should have. No anti-Win 10 measures were implemented.

I confirmed IE was up to KB3139929, reset it to defaults, and changed the homepage to something neutral, aka non-Microsoft. New tabs opened with Bing search but no blue banner. I changed new tabs to open with a blank page - still no banner.

Interestingly, GWX told me that the machine could not be upgraded to Win 10 due to the video card and lack of RAM. I didn't disagree with that conclusion, although there had been a Win 10 preview installed at one time. I then uninstalled GWX and retried IE - still no banner.

Very strange that it seems impossible to make this banner appear!

Kevin
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11 Mar 2016   #39
Sky Ranch

Windows 7 Home 64-bit
 
 

Methinks this phantom blue W10 banner when opening new tabs in Internet Explorer is a red herring. What started out as speculation somehow ended up turning into fact causing my paranoia getting the better of me.
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11 Mar 2016   #40
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kkehoe View Post

Very strange that it seems impossible to make this banner appear!
Try visiting this page using IE:

MSN.com - Hotmail, Outlook, Skype, Bing, Latest News, Photos & Videos

Then open a new tab and paste this into the address bar:

Code:
http://www.msn.com/
Do you get the pop up?
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