This blog is closed as of 2/2015. @EricLaw left Microsoft in 2012, but was named an IE MVP in '13 & an IE userAgent (http://useragents.ie) in '14.
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Debugging Internet Explorer - A Beginner’s Guide
As a Program Manager on the IE team, I spent comparatively little time running Internet Explorer under the debugger. In contrast, the IE developers were far more adept at solving problems with advanced debugging techniques. Nevertheless, over the years I picked up a few tricks that proved useful from...
15 Jan 2014
Sharpen the Saw
Gather round, young’ins, Grandpa Eric is going to tell you a story. Back in the old days, when I started writing software, programmers’ utilities were sold in boxes in retail stores. You’d plunk down your 149 bucks or whatever (in cash , kids, this was before credit cards got popular...
14 Aug 2011
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit Update
Microsoft’s Security Research and Defense team has released an updated version of their Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a tool that allows the application of enhanced security mitigations around the application of your choice. While Internet Explorer 9 already natively includes...
24 May 2011
Writing Files from Low-Integrity Processes
Internet Explorer 7 introduced Protected Mode , which uses Windows' Integrity Controls feature to help prevent the contamination of the system with data that originates from the Internet. As a part of this feature, Internet Explorer now maintains two stores for the Temporary Internet Files and two Cookie...
26 Aug 2010
Forcing Internet Explorer To Forget To Not Remember
All joking aside, last fall, I wrote about the variety of reasons why Internet Explorer might not offer to remember your password on a web form. As I mentioned then, you will not be re-prompted to save your password if you’ve previously declined to store the password for this username on this page...
8 Apr 2010
Using Meddler to Simulate Web Traffic
As mentioned back in July , IE8’s new lookahead downloader has a number of bugs which cause it to issue incorrect speculative download requests. The “BASE Bug” caused the speculative downloader to only respect the <BASE> element for the first speculatively downloaded script...
13 Oct 2009
Capturing Crash Dumps for Analysis
Sometimes, folks report crashes to the IE team that we are unable to reproduce internally. That’s usually because, as mentioned often, most crashes are caused by buggy browser add-ons. In some cases, however, crashes occur even when running with browser add-ons off , and if we cannot reproduce...
12 Oct 2009
Good News: Microsoft Security Essentials Released
Microsoft’s free new anti-virus / anti-malware realtime scanner is now available as a free download . Installing MSE, a traditional signature-based scanner, alongside IE8’s URL Reputation-based SmartScreen Filter yields comprehensive protection to help keep your computers safe from malicious software...
6 Oct 2009
New Tool: Compare IE Security Settings
“IE Zone Comparer” was designed to provide additional visibility into URLMon's security zone settings. Pick any two collections of security zone settings, and IE Zone Comparer displays the values of those settings, highlighting any differences between the two collections. Note: Updated on 11/7/2009...
1 Oct 2009
Microsoft Doloto Performance Optimization Tool
9 Sep 2009
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