MS WORD launches slowly due to IE local security setting

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When I launch MICROSOFT WORD I see from Reg Mon (by System Internals)
that WOERD will not launch quickly because it is spending tens of
seconds looping through the registry checking the following key and its
associated subkeys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
Settings\Zones

There is an article by Miscosoft called:
"How to strengthen the security settings for the Local Machine zone in
Internet Explorer"
<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833633>.

This article suggests that the reg key I give above is for local user
security settings.

Does this mean I can delete this reg key and let security defualt to the
machine settings?  

I am hoping that WORD will then not get stuck on the looping that I see.

Re: MS WORD launches slowly due to IE local security setting

Zak wrote:

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No. It means that you should abandon MSIE or MS Word, at best both.

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WORD will get stuck for whatever reason it wants to see.

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Zak wrote:
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Word has no business looking at Internet settings -- it is supposed to
be a word processor. I guess this is the typical thing you will see
though with MS products always getting linked one way or another to MSIE
even if it's absolutely unneeded and unwanted.

I suggest you take a look at another word processor that doesn't try to
use an internet browser back-end (for whatever reason). A good
alternative is OpenOffice; it's free and can read/write MS word files if
needed.
I also suggest strongly that you get a firewall installed, and in it,
block MSIE from accessing the Internet (and through it, programs that
use it as a backdoor out to bypass firewalls), and install a different
browser for your surfing needs. I have done this a long time ago myself
without any negative side effects.


MC

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MC wrote:

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Firewalls can't filter by applications.

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Thanks for cluttering my list of most stupid ideas.

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Huh? You always need a webbrowser to surf, and as Windows doesn't include
any, you always have to install one.

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Sebastian Gottschalk wrote:

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Huh?  My Windows personal software firewall asks me every time I start
Internet Explorer whether or not I want to give it access to the web.
It's Kerio, if you need to know.  (IE is not my default browser, and I
only use it to test web pages.)

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Every Windows version since .. um .. W98? has had IE embedded in it.
Where are you buying *your* Windows?

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   -Motorcycles defy gravity; cars just suck

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Beauregard T. Shagnasty wrote:

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That's not a firewall, that's a host-based packet filter. And a pretty
lousy one. And the application control is, of course, useless against
malicious software. You're just wasting your time with explicitly allowing
stuff that is legitimate anyway.

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IE is no webbrowser. Read the documentation!

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Sebastian Gottschalk wrote:

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I don't worry about that; there is a router in front of it. However, it
does do the job I require of it.

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Yeah, I know all the stories.

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..and when said legitimate stuff can be fired off by illegitimate stuff?

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Ok, it's an operating system component. There is no point in arguing
semantics.

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Re: MS WORD launches slowly due to IE local security setting

Beauregard T. Shagnasty wrote:

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A router isn't a firewall either.

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I doubt that it achieves the impossible.

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Who'd be that stupid?

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Well, you did that. After all, MSIE lacks various necessary properties for
a webbrowser, f.e. security or proper HTML rendering.

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Seb, I'm new to your view on firewalls but you seem to have in mind a
rather different thing than what many people would call a software
fireall on their PCs.

Can you say a bit more about what sort of preferred solution I could use
which is as economical as possible.  (I can't afford lots of sexy super-
specification hardware if there is a cheaper and effective equivalent).



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Re: MS WORD launches slowly due to IE local security setting

Zak wrote:

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A firewall is a concept to separate network segments on a perimeter.
Running a packet filter on the host that's supposed to be protected doesn't
leave any way to do such a separation, the packets always arrive the host.

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For home users? Simply no packet filter or firewall at all. Obviously,
since you can't achieve any security trough such measures without in-depth
knowledge of TCP/IP and networking - which home users usually don't
possess.

Against malware there's very simple solution: Don't run it in first place.
Don't use any software that automagically runs untrusted code. Make
reasonable judgments about the trustworthyness of software vendors.

Anyway, nothing will help against MS Word being a totally broken piece of
software.

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