Solved What is automatic prompting ?

August 29, 2013 at 03:18:22
Specs: Win 7
Internet Explorer 8.

In Internet Options / Security / Custom level, there are settings
to enable or disable "Automatic prompting for file downloads"
and "Automatic prompting for ActiveX controls".

What do these settings mean? What is the difference between
having automatic prompting and not having it? Does not having
automatic prompting mean that files and ActiveX controls do not
download unless a prompt is done manually? Does it mean they
go ahead and download without any prompt at all? The former
is what it appears to say, but doesn't make sense to me. The
latter makes sense, but leaves the word "automatic" without any
meaning.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
August 29, 2013 at 03:52:22
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I Googled it since I was not too familiar with the term and apparently it has to do with download attempts that you did not initiate (not clicked on or enter pressed). With it disabled, you get a pop up yellow warning bar at the top of the window that tells you a download was blocked and you can ignore this or click in it if you want the option to download it. If you enable it, then you do not get it blocked and you get the pop up in the middle of your screen that you have to OK or Cancel. From this info, I would leave it disabled.

http://www.stigviewer.com/check/V-1...
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http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infoc...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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August 29, 2013 at 12:29:30
That sounds like the two are identical except for the location
of the prompt. In the first case it is in the yellow bar at the top,
in the second case it is in a typical popup dialog box. Either
way I'm given the option to go ahead with the download or
reject it, right?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
August 29, 2013 at 15:37:22
That's how I read it, the yellow bar you can ignore and closes when you close the tab but the pop up in the middle will insist on an answer before it goes away.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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