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Odd status bar string in IE9

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  • Occasionally, when browsing to websites using IE9 (9.0.8112.16421), a curious web address will appear in the status bar.

    http://mail.live.com/?rru=compose%3Fsubject%3D {the+title+ title+ of+the+page}%26body%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2F{the site’s address, www.whatever.com}%2F

    Could someone explain why this occurs and what it means when a similarly structured URL appears in the IE9 status bar? 

    The link shown in the status bar always includes the string http://mail.live.com/?rru=compose, which might otherwise indicate the cursor is hovering over something like a mailto link, except for the fact that within those pages there are no such hyperlinks.  This string always includes the title of the current page along with the current site's web address.

    I’ve noticed this more often appears whenever a page is first loaded.  Refreshing the page or hovering over an actual hyperlink causes this information to be replaced.

    mercredi 14 mars 2012 13:27

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  • I think you misunderstand.  I have no problems accessing and using Windows Live Mail.

    I work as a web developer so I make use of a number of different browsers.  I’ve used Live Mail with IE8, IE9, Firefox 6-10, most later versions of Chrome, Safari, Opera and Maxthon and the only browser I’ve experienced any issues in accessing and using Live Mail has been Maxthon.

    IE9 is the only web browser I have installed on this particular desktop computer.  I use it as basically my personal computer and not one of my development systems.

    For the past several weeks I’ve noticed a Windows Live Mail link appearing in the IE9 browser’s status bar.  This seems to occur more often following a new tab being opened and then only once or twice a day.

    I was curious as to why this was happening so I posted a question within the IE forum looking for an answer.  For now I don’t seek to change this behavior, only to understand it.

    This problem is not related to any desire to use Windows Live Mail or as the result of some inability to do so.

    I’ve scanned with a number of different anti-malware tools and none have shown any detection that the system has in any way been compromised.

    This was simply a curiosity and at this point I do not wish to pursue the matter any further.

    lundi 19 mars 2012 12:57

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  • You should have asked your question on answers.microsoft.com as this forum is not for consumer questions. Next time, please.

    I have no idea why this happens for you. Are you a Hotmail customer? Can you reproduce it on the same sites regularly? Can you give a URL?


    IEFAQ: http://iefaq.info

    mercredi 14 mars 2012 17:24
  • Our organization is a Live@edu customer.  This seems to occur at random and cannot be reproduced on demand.

    If you have no idea, as you state, then why respond?

    mercredi 14 mars 2012 17:32
  • Ok, if you see it that way then nobody should reply to you. I'm done.

    IEFAQ: http://iefaq.info

    mercredi 14 mars 2012 22:22
  • Our organization is a Live@edu customer.

    In fact, the question would probably be better addressed to a forum on the  WLSC  Hotmail  portal.


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    jeudi 15 mars 2012 02:55
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  • Perhaps, but this seems to occur only when using IE9.  I thought other enterprise IE users may have also observed this text string appearing randomly within the IE status bar and possibly discovered the reason.

    I'm using Windows 7 Professional with SP1 as well as Microsoft Office 2007 with SP3.

    jeudi 15 mars 2012 11:20
  • other enterprise IE users may have also observed this text string appearing randomly within the IE status bar and possibly discovered the reason.

    I can generate a filled in one (not a template) using right-click and then hovering over my  E-mail with Windows Live  accelerator but I wouldn't call that "random".   <eg>


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    jeudi 15 mars 2012 12:43
    Auteur de réponse
  • Yes, so can I, but in that case the status bar will clear when the mouse moves away from the context menu option.

    Actually this happens as a page loads into a tab.  No right-click, no accelerator directly accessed (though the Windows Live email accelerator is installed) and the status bar does not clear as the mouse moves unless the cursor is positioned over a hyperlink or the page is refreshed.

    I recognize having the accelerator installed may be related but I didn't want to make suggestions to cloud the issue.

    What else could trigger this behavior in this particular fashion?

    jeudi 15 mars 2012 13:06
  • ...this seems to occur only when using IE9.

    I think you'll find that Hotmail will only be "happy" when Internet Explorer is the default Browser.

    1. Re-assert Internet Explorer as the default Browser in the CUSTOM (<=important!) section of Set Program Access and Computer Defaults.

    2. Open Internet Explorer (only!) to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737 [ignore any DOES NOT APPLY warnings as well as the APPLIES TO section] & run the Fix It.

        Note=> For optimal results, check the Delete personal settings option.

    3. Reboot & test.

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    You will find support for Windows Live Hotmail in these forums: http://windowslivehelp.com/forums.aspx?productid=1

    You will find Consumer support for Internet Explorer in this forum: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie


    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) ~ MS MVP (IE, Mail, Security, Windows & Update Services) since 2002 ~ Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft

    jeudi 15 mars 2012 15:34
  • Thank you for your response, but I really was only asking a “why” question and not particularly looking for a solution or the fix for a problem.  My main concern is the possibility of a security intrusion or the resulting effects of a malware infection.

    Who knows, this could simply be an interface anomaly, a buggy accelerator interacting poorly with our hosted Exchange services or even a CEIP data collection process.

    It’s almost unnoticeable but the better the intrusion the more likely the intrusion will go unnoticed. I only hoped this circumstance wasn’t so unique that no one had experienced a similar issue.

    I use Internet Explorer almost exclusively and haven’t had any problems using Live mail and the Default Programs feature reports that IE already has all of its defaults.  These occurrences cannot be reproduced on demand are not routine enough to be overly
    apparent.

    I’ll withdraw my question, perform some other malware scans and also contact our Exchange support staff to see whether they have received any similar reports.

    jeudi 15 mars 2012 17:10
  • I really was only asking a “why” question and not particularly looking for a solution or the fix for a problem.  My main concern is the possibility of a security intrusion or the resulting effects of a malware infection...

    There have been many posts about "unusual happenings" in Hotmail and Windows Live in general since last weekend.  Most users found that the issues cleared up automagically on the 15th or so. YMMV, of course.

    PS: I was quite serious about Hotmail only being "happy" when IE's the default Browser. Give it a whirl.


    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) ~ MS MVP (IE, Mail, Security, Windows & Update Services) since 2002 ~ Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft

    samedi 17 mars 2012 20:55
  • I think you misunderstand.  I have no problems accessing and using Windows Live Mail.

    I work as a web developer so I make use of a number of different browsers.  I’ve used Live Mail with IE8, IE9, Firefox 6-10, most later versions of Chrome, Safari, Opera and Maxthon and the only browser I’ve experienced any issues in accessing and using Live Mail has been Maxthon.

    IE9 is the only web browser I have installed on this particular desktop computer.  I use it as basically my personal computer and not one of my development systems.

    For the past several weeks I’ve noticed a Windows Live Mail link appearing in the IE9 browser’s status bar.  This seems to occur more often following a new tab being opened and then only once or twice a day.

    I was curious as to why this was happening so I posted a question within the IE forum looking for an answer.  For now I don’t seek to change this behavior, only to understand it.

    This problem is not related to any desire to use Windows Live Mail or as the result of some inability to do so.

    I’ve scanned with a number of different anti-malware tools and none have shown any detection that the system has in any way been compromised.

    This was simply a curiosity and at this point I do not wish to pursue the matter any further.

    lundi 19 mars 2012 12:57
  • I think you misunderstand.  I have no problems accessing and using Windows Live Mail.

    No, I didn't misunderstand nor did I mention anything about Windows Live Mail.

    The IE Development-specific forum will be found here => http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/iewebdevelopment/threads


    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) ~ MS MVP (IE, Mail, Security, Windows & Update Services) since 2002 ~ Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft

    lundi 19 mars 2012 15:54
  • My question involved IE9 and Windows Live Mail. Your replies regarding Hotmail are of absolutely no value.

    As a matter of fact all of your responses have been completely off the mark.  I have tried to be polite regarding your worthless replies but apparently you cannot take a hint.

    lundi 19 mars 2012 16:30
  • One does not access Windows Live Mail via a browser.

    Occasionally, when browsing to websites using IE9 (9.0.8112.16421), a curious web address will appear in the status bar.

    http://mail.live.com/?rru=compose%3Fsubject%3D {the+title+
    title+ of+the+page}%26body%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2F...  [emphasis mine]

    http://mail.live.com = Windows Live Hotmail

    Your organization may access Mail & Calendaring via Windows Live Essentials-based applications but they are not accessed via a browser.

    Reposting: I think you'll find that Windows Live Hotmail as well as Windows Live Essentials-based functionalities will only be "happy" when Internet Explorer is the default Browser.

    Have a wonderful day!


    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) ~ MS MVP (IE, Mail, Security, Windows & Update Services) since 2002 ~ Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft


    lundi 19 mars 2012 21:18