Internet Explorer Information bar questions

December 22, 2012 at 05:54:25
Specs: Win 7
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP-1, no other updates
Internet Explorer 8 32-bit (came with Windows 7)

When I am not connected to the Internet or any network, and I
open a web page that I wrote by hand with HTML that is probably
all HTML 3.2 or even earlier (that is, *really* basic) and stored
on my hard drive, an information bar pops up that says:

> To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted
> this webpage from running scripts or activeX controls that
> could access your computer. Click here for options...

I have not yet clicked "Allow blocked content" to find out what
happens.

There are no scripts on the web page (although the word
"description" does occur several times in the text, and "script"
is embedded in it). There is only one "style" tag, (although the
word "style" occurs numerous times in the text). It specifies
the font family. All the links to images are to images on the
hard drive. (Although I swiped the images from websites on
the Internet so I don't know what else they might contain in
addition to the visible images.)

Javascript must be enabled in IE because it works in pages where
I know it is used. As far as I know, ActiveX is totally disabled.
All add-ons are either deleted or disabled, and I never installed
any that were not included with IE.

Why am I getting this information bar???

Why doesn't IE tell me more specifically what is being blocked
so that I can have a clue as to whether I want to allow it???

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
December 22, 2012 at 20:23:19
I would just allow the content, so your page will run, and most of MIcrosofts users cant figure out the simple explanations, I'm not sure more description would help the masses, maybe.

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#2
December 23, 2012 at 12:03:57
Yeah, I would just allow it. I've done HTML myself and I put an ActiveX clock at the top and that made the information bar pop up so you may have put in something without realizing but IE flagged it just in case. Links might cause it but images I'm not sure. It might depend on your security settings.

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#3
December 23, 2012 at 22:12:19
The page displays okay without allowing the questionable content,
and I doubt that I'll be able to detect any change if I *do* allow it.

There's no way any ActiveX controls or the like can be in the page.
It is fairly short, and as I say I wrote it all myself. I typed everything
by hand except the links, which I copied and pasted from the same
two websites that I stole the images from. The two websites are
big, stable, commercial operations, with no reason for any hidden
controls or anything.

I can't see how just having links could cause this, except that I see
three of the links are to .aspx files. Could that do it? That's my
best guess at the moment.

Even if 95% of users won't understand or use an explanation of
what is causing the popup, it is so obviously potentially useful
that it makes no sense to leave it out. In cases where there really
is some control that wants to do something, I'm given no clue as
to what it might be. Send the entire contents of my hard drive to
SMERSH?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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