Blanket Pulled Over IE

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-08-19 Print this article Print

Blanket Pulled Over IE

SP3 also includes a new option to "hide" Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Windows Media Player. This feature (prompted by the antitrust case) is installed only on Windows 2000 Professional and is astonishingly minimalist.

Administrators, do not expect this option to actually disable or remove these packages. When we unchecked the "Show this program" options in the new Set Program Access and Defaults panel, the tool did nothing more than delete the Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Windows Media Player icons from the Start menu and Windows task bar. The programs were otherwise left fully installed and functional, and—even worse—related file associations were left in place.

When we launched an HTTP link through the Start, Run command or opened an HTML file from Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer started. When we opened an MP3 file from Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player ran just as before.

This is totally inadequate for IT staff wanting to remove these packages because of their histories of serious security problems.

eWeek Labs West Coast Technical Director Timothy Dyck can be reached at

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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